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IMC 2006: Sessions

Session 514: Meetings, Emotions, Gestures: The Past - History vs Anthropology, I: Political Affairs

Tuesday 11 July 2006, 09.00-10.30

Sponsor:Institute of History, University of Wrocław
Organiser:Przemysław Wiszewski, Institute of History, University of Wrocław
Moderator/Chair:Stanisław Rosik, Institute of History, University of Wrocław
Paper 514-aReligious Acts of the First Polish Rulers: A Problem of Cultural Dialogue between the Piast Dynasty and the Elite of 10th- and 11th-Century Germany
(Language: English)
Andrzej Pleszczyński, Instytut Historii, Uniwersytet Marii Curie-Skłodowskiej, Lublin
Index terms: Historiography - Medieval, Lay Piety, Politics and Diplomacy, Religious Life
Paper 514-bHow Far Can You Go?, or the Contemporary Quarrels about Gniezno: The Meeting of the Emperor Otto III with Boleslav the Brave in the Year 1000
(Language: English)
Przemysław Wiszewski, Institute of History, University of Wrocław
Index terms: Historiography - Medieval, Historiography - Modern Scholarship, Literacy and Orality, Local History

Generations of historians were studying an influence of emotions on historical events. Nevertheless, today one should pose simple questions: how did the emotions of historical sources’ authors influence the meaning of each of their text? Is it possible to understand their emotions, or are we simply misled by our own feelings? The answers are crucial in finding the solution of a problem: when results of the researches of the past should be treated as a parts of history - knowledge about a particular past - and when as a part of anthropology - knowledge about universal 'humanity'? The choice of a problem of medieval meetings of two culturally different persons/social groups, was made to show different/opposite conceptions of historical research.