Armenians in Old Poland and Austrian Galicia

A Demographic and Historical Study

This monograph is the first demographic synthesis devoted to the Armenian community in Old Poland and Austrian Galicia (between 1772 and 1860). The book completes the extant body of works on the Armenian diaspora in a Central European context.
This is the story of the biological and, at the same time, cultural trajectory of a human life from birth, to marriage, the bearing of children and family life, and on through sickness, old age and, finally, death. The author presents a head count of the Armenian diaspora in Austrian Galicia, and also poses questions regarding Armenian identity, ecclesiastic and communal life. The book includes a discussion of archival sources and presents the selection of the parish family registers (status animarum) in the annex. These documents not only enhance the narration but they also document the Armenian families. They may be the basis for further research and genealogical pursuits.

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Franciszek Wasyl works in the Research Center for Armenian Culture in Poland ( Polish Academy of Arts and Sciences). His main area of interest is the socio-economic history of Armenians and Jews in the 18th and 19th centuries.