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Oddelek za zgodovino

znan. sod. dr. Francesco Toncich

Istrien 1840–1914. Eine kulturelle Versuchsstation des Habsburgerreiches, Mohr Siebek, Tübingen 2021.


Inside and Outside the Habsburg Public Health System. Managing Complexity within the Austrian Littoral (1849–1880s), in: Annales, Series Historia et Sociologia 32/4, 2022, p. 523-534.

Istria between Purity and Hybridity: The Creation of the Istrian Region Through the Scientific Research in the Long 19th Century, in: Acta Histriae 28/4, 2020, p. 541–576.

Narrazioni e pratiche politiche antislave a Trieste tra città e campagna (1850-1871), in: Acta Histriae, 25/3, 2017, p. 539-562.

Il “caso Oberdank” visto da Vienna: stampa e libellistica austriache tra Otto e Novecento, in: Qualestoria, 39/2, 2011, p. 25-41.

Several biographies for Österreichisches Biographisches Lexikon (1815–1950), Verlang der Österreichischen Akademie der Wissenschaften 2015–2017.

Code and Title: Public Health in Transition: Health Care at the End of the Habsburg Empire (1918–1924) – HORIZON-MSCA-2021-PF-01, No. 101068435
Duration: 1.10.2022 – 30.9.2024
Fellow: Dr. Francesco Toncich 
Main supervisor: Prof. Marta Verginella, Ph.D.
Funding body: Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions
Host organisation: Department of History at the Faculty of Arts of the University of Ljubljana



The project “Public Health in Transition” investigates the transition of the public health system of the multinational Habsburg Empire in successor national states during and after the Empire’s collapse at the end of WWI. The project’s aim is to analyse how health institutions dealt with epidemic diseases and mental illnesses resulting from the war and geopolitical upheavals, which reshaped the sense of self and created identity disorientation. As a case study, it focuses on the macro-area between the former imperial capital city Vienna, the main Slovenian urban centre Ljubljana, and the principal Habsburg port-city Trieste/Trst. The fragmentation of this common space is observed by comparing three models of transition of the common Habsburg public healthcare system in the three corresponding successor national states: the Austrian Republic, the Kingdom of Serbs, Croats and Slovenes (SHS-Kingdom), and the Italian Kingdom. Three models of adapting strategies are examined simultaneously from a regional, a national and an international perspective. The research spans from the summer of 1918 until the middle of 1924 – that is, from the establishment of national councils in the different regions of the collapsing Monarchy until the final diplomatic adjustments between Italy and the SHS-Kingdom with the Treaty of Rome, which brought an end to the international crisis concerning the free city of Fiume/Rijeka and established the geopolitical shape of the whole North-Eastern Adriatic area.

The project is developed with the prof. Marta Verginella and hosted by the Faculty of Arts at the University of Ljubljana.



09. 11. - 11. 11. 2023
Department of Archaeology, Faculty of Arts

26th Neolithic Seminar 'Eurasian Neolithics: How Cultures and Societies Evolve and Why It Matters'

27. 02. 2023
Faculty of Arts

Online presentation of University of Ljubljana for prospective international students

13. 10. 2022
Administrative Office for Doctoral Study, Faculty of Arts

EUTOPIA Citizen Science Clinics

15. 09. 2022
Administrative Office for Undergraduate Study Programme, Faculty of Arts

Reception for International Students at the Faculty of Arts and at the University of Ljubljana (two separate events)

22. 02. 2022
Faculty of Arts

Online sessions for prospective international students, 22 February 2022 at 1.15 pm (CET)