SUICIDAL DEATH IN PREINDUSTRIAL TOWN ON THE EXAMPLE OF WROCLAW (Smierc samobojcza w miescie przedindustrialnym na przykladzie Wroclawia)
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The article is based on the analysis of sources related to the cases of suicide in early modern Wroclaw, before the period of violent changes connected with industrialization. The main aim of the project was reconstructing the process of treating suicides in that city and comparing Wroclaw to other large European cities of those times. The material status of the deceased was also included in the analysis, as were his/her origins and the time of death. The author also tried to determine the evolution of the way of dealing with the corpses of suicides during the analysed period, as well as what were the causes of changes in this respect, where they came from and what exactly they represented. The number of cases collected also allowed to prepare basic (but also preliminary) statistical data concerning the Wroclaw suicides. The purpose was to establish the relationship between the type of death chosen and sex. Similar analyses were quite rarely attempted for the area of Europe. In Poland the problem of suicidal death only appeared on the margins of other types of research. The results of the project partly overlap with the conclusions of authors from other countries (mainly Germany).
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