Žiga Zwitter

Žiga Zwitter
University of Ljubljana · Department of History

Doctor of Philosophy

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Main research interests: environmental history, historical ecology Methods: critical analyses of archival records, oral history interviews, field work, syntheses mainly focusing on the early modern period, but applying also long-term approaches from the Late Middle Ages to the present day In the last years his work has focused on environmental history and historical ecology of grasslands in the Alps, previously he was researching historical climatology, hist. of natural hazards, water history

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This article discusses the knowledge of meadows and pastures in the southeastern Alps in the sixteenth and early seventeenth centuries. It analyses the court records of one seigneury, rent-rolls (Urbare) of five seigneuries, and personal notes of one landlord. By placing this information into the context of additional sources, it manages to offer a...
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The chapter discusses doctoral theses written between 1900 and 1918 by five Slovenian students who studied geography at the University of Vienna. The Vienna students were among the few Slovenians familiar with major advances in geography in the long 19th century. In the late 19th century Vienna became an important centre of research in geomorphol...
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Freisassen waren wirtschaftlich gesehen meistens Bauern mit Herrschaftsrechten auf einer bestimmten bzw. auf mehreren Quellen ihrer bäuerlichen Einkünfte. Diese Bevölkerungsgruppierung war hinsichtlich ihrer wirtschaftlichen Situation sehr heterogen. Das Hauptaugenmerk der Untersuchung liegt auf der Analyse der zeitlich übereinstimmenden Daten im G...
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This article analyses the Hraše Leaf Litter Forests (Hraški Listneki) at the bottom of the Ljubljana Basin, where, unlike the surrounding area, the cultural landscape has preserved many elements that facilitated �farming in the past (hedges between fields and rough terrain), but today their conservation represents a special challenge. This challeng...
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The paper presents strategies of coping with natural hazards in Slovenian Alps and their surroundings from the 16th to the early 18th century. The efficiency of presented institutional coping strategies is addressed as well. Results make clear that historical adaptation to the discussed hazards was a gradual process. The following possible contribu...
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Combining archival records, fieldwork and geological literature, we interpreted slope process which buried an economically important meadow of the Macesnik isolated farm in Podolševa before 1665. The interdisciplinary investigation shows it was most likely an alpine debris avalanche from the southern slope of the Olševa Mountain. Despite this hazar...
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Stvarni odgovori na naravne nesreče, ki so ogrožale kmetijska zemljišča in bivališča v deželnoknežjih gospostvih in urbanih naseljih, so vključevali sodelovanje centralnih organov, regionalne in lokalne ravni. V nekaterih primerih so omogočili učinkovite ukrepe. Navajam tudi primere odzivov deželnih stanov, nedeželnoknežjih gospostev in sosedov. Po...
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Foundation of the princely stud farm altered environmental and economic conditions on extensive parts of Karst and its surroundings. Based on handwritings, preserved in the archives of court's treasury in Graz, the following issues are discussed: 1. numbers of livestock belonging to the stud farm and their changes, 2. territorial distribution of pa...
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Mercury mining in Idrija has profoundly changed environmental conditions in the Idrijca River basin. Impacts of mining-related activities on the river system and its ichthyofauna from circa 1490 until World War I were analysed. Literature and archival sources were both studied. Heavy water pollution with mercury and its components, the floating of...

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