About the project

The forests are among the greatest natural riches of Slavonia. This project aims to determine the extent of human influence on the Slavonian forests from the Middle Ages to the beginning of the 20th century, and to determine the importance and essentiality of this process for the modernisation of Slavonian region, especially during the period of increasing industrialisation and urbanisation in the 19th century. The main objective of the project is to answer questions how important an economic asset they were, who owned and exploited this asset and how it was invested in the public good, that is, how it was transformed into the social and cultural capital. The results of the research will provide the most comprehensive insight into the relationship between the man and the forest in Slavonia during the studied period. These results will enable better understanding of the anthropisation of Slavonian forests, disappearance of vast forested areas, and the process of transforming natural capital into social and cultural capital.

For a better understanding of the main topic forestry scientists are going to be involved in the research with the emphasys on the biotechnological aspect of the attitude towards forests, clearcutting and management. Organisation of workshop and conference will provide an opportunity to develop international cooperation and the possible continuation of the international project, and the cooperation with the forestry scientists an opportunity to initiate a new interdisciplinary research. The results will be achieved through the following activities: creating the website with an interactive map of forest complexes, organising the workshop on the historical sources, publishing the book with a selection of sources relevant to the history of forests, organising the conference, publishing the book of conference proceedings, and, finally, publishing the collaborative monograph on the anthropisation of the forests in Slavonia, as well as a series works in domestic and foreign journals. For the purposes of dissemination and possible continuation of the project, the associates will establish contact with local authorities and tourist boards, elementary and high school institutions, history and forestry departments at universities, and NGOs engaged in nature conservation.