Call for Papers: Relations between the Slavs in the second half of the 19th century

Editors of special issue of the journal Prace Historyczne (History Notebooks) are inviting the submission of articles concerning theme of relations between the Slavs in the second half of the 19th century. The publication is planned for 2020.



Submissions (a working title and short abstract) should be emailed to by no later than 24th February 2019. The finished article should be sent by 19th May 2019. Articles should be ca. 40,000 characters long (including bibliography and footnotes). Articles can be written in Polish, English or German. Please ensure that you have included all relevant information: name, your professional or institutional affiliation, ORCID iD, the title of your manuscript, abstracts, keywords and a permanent email address. Requirements regarding the style of footnotes and bibliography are included on the website: The editors will accept primarily articles based on the analysis of historical sources.



Prace Historyczne is a peer-reviewed journal published by Jagiellonian University Press. Journal publishes scholarly papers concerning the studies in history of various epochs (from ancient history to contemporary) as well as studies in political, social and economic history. The journal has been published continuously since 1955. Prace Historyczne are indexed in ERIH PLUS, CEJSH, CEEOL, Index Copernicus, ProQuest, EBSCO, Google Scholar, Pol-Index and others. More information about journal and all issues printed in 2006-2018 can be found at



Characteristic of the issue:


The 19th century was an era of development for most modern Slavic peoples living in Central and Southeastern Europe. In the course of that century some of them built the basics of their national identities and laid foundations of separate cultures. Others worked towards transformation of existing states (the Habsburg Monarchy, the Ottoman Empire) in a way that would enable Slavs to co-decide about them politically, meanwhile some made attempts at achieving political independence. Frequency of contacts among Slavic nations increased in that period and a feeling of the necessity of cooperation was maturing. This process was mirrored by the Prague Slavic Congress of 1848.


The second half of the 19th century saw the Slavic problem grow in importance among dominating European states of Central and Southeastern Europe: the empires of the Romanovs, the Habsburgs, and the Ottomans. The issue made its impact on their situation, every so often leading to changes in internal policy, or reaching as far as the shape of those states. The ongoing dissolution of the Ottoman Empire in the second half of the 19th century allowed for the rise of Slavic states in the Balkans, and the Slavic problem crept into international relations. West and South Slavs frequently attempted to establish relations between one another. These contacts can be traced in many fields, from politics to culture (broadly understood). An array of projects was devised – they were completed only in the 20th century, though. The Habsburg Monarchy was the birthplace to ideas such as Austroslavism, the Yugoslav idea (preceded by the Illyrian movement), and the Czechoslovak idea. Projects of uniting the South Slavic peoples who cast off the Turkish yoke were taking shape since the 1840s. All things considered, the true boost to the idea of the Slavic cooperation came with the appearance of Neo-Slavism in the 1900s. The call for a second Prague Slavic Congress was put forward and it was finalized in 1908 – sadly, the promising cooperation deteriorated soon. The special issue of the journal Prace Historyczne will concern mentioned cooperation of the Slavs in the second half of the 19th century.


We are counting on collaboration in publishing a special issue of the journal.


prof. dr hab. Antoni Cetnarowicz

dr hab. Stanisław Pijaj

dr hab. Janusz Pezda

dr Adam Świątek

mgr Krzysztof Popek