Common rights in Galicia

Welcome to the website devoted to the historical processes related to the conflicts over common rights in Austrian Galicia. The research results presented here are the result of the research project entitled “The Conflicts of Easements in Galicia in the Second Half of the 19th Century. The Process of Redemption and Regulation of Easements in the Area of Middle Galicia”, which is financed by Poland’s National Science Centre and implemented at the University of Warsaw.

Do you want to know what common rights were and how they have evolved in our time?
Take a look at the short video on the left!
(don’t forget to turn on the speakers)

The knowledge contained
in the sources

Research carried out in the framework of the project are based on rich sources. It consists mainly of manuscripts from foreign and domestic archives and libraries. The most valuable documents come from the Central State Historical Archives of Ukraine in Lviv. An extremely rich resource in the team of Imperial and Royal Galician Governorship consists of handwritten protocols, interrogations of witnesses, property inventories, censuses, maps and many other valuable sources.

Research results
and presentation

By combining classic methods of interpreting historical sources with innovative research presentation tools, we obtain a unique and attractive composition. Intuitive and easy access as well as original visualizations – animation, cartographic and text – will allow you to find a lot of valuable information!

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Geographic Information System

The research results are also presented using Geographic Information Systems (GIS). This undoubtedly modern tool has made it possible to present in an attractive way many historical processes related to the redemption and regulation of common rights in Galicia. 

Using QGIS software, it was possible to create historical maps of phenomena related to common rights, such as places of agreements, disputes, the most difficult conflicts, as well as places of functioning common rights areas and the formation land communities.