Institute of History
Chamber of commerce and industry in Banská Bystrica and socio-economic development of central Slovakia in the interwar period
Name of the supervisor
PhDr. Ľudovít Hallon, DrSc.
Faculty of Arts, Matej Bel University
The aim of the dissertation is to research and examine the importance of the Chamber of Commerce and Industry (ChCI) in Banská Bystrica for the economic and social development of the central Slovakia region in the interwar period. The doctoral student would study the development of the ChCI in Banská Bystrica after the establishment of Czechoslovakia, especially on the basis of the extensive Archival Fund of the Chamber in the National Archive in Bratislava. The student would map the main directions of socio-economic development in central Slovakia, which was negatively impacted by the economy crisis, in particular the disposal of part of the industry after 1918. Subsequently, the doctoral student would evaluate the key segments of the ChCI in Banská Bystrica activities to overcome the negative phenomena in the economy and promote the social development in the monitored region. At the same time, the doctoral student would assess the results of these activities. Research would focus on the territory delineated by the borders of former Counties in the Kingdom of Hungary, namely Orava, Liptov, Zvolen and Tekov Counties, as well as Slovak parts of Hont, Novohrad and Gemer Counties. Since a large part of the ChCI administrative agenda was also conducted in Hungarian and German after 1918, work on the topic requires at least the basic knowledge of these languages.