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From Prizren to the world – keeping in touch with friends from abroad is important to Zana  | Photo: private
From Prizren to the world – keeping in touch with friends from abroad is important to Zana | Photo: private

Sometimes roads are rocky. So was Zana’s when she made her journey to last year’s EUSTORY Summit in Berlin and so is Kosovo’s until the present day. The history of her home country taught her to see every obstacle as a chance for change, both on the large and the small scale.

Paul Flynn revealing winner | Source: screenshot from video stream
Paul Flynn revealing winner | Source: screenshot from video stream

With an online award ceremony on 30 July 2020, the Irish National History Competition organisers made the most of a rather difficult situation. Their online celebration was able to create an atmosphere similar to the Oscars with the suspenseful revealing of prize winners at the end of their ceremony.

Jonas from Germany  | Photo: private
Jonas from Germany | Photo: private

At EUSTORY‘s youth encounters participants can find friends with whom they can exchange ideas about important questions of politics and identity. In an interview, EUSTORY Alumnus Jonas from Germany explains why this is important to him.

UPCOMING EVENTS

30 September 2020
30 September 2020

EUSTORY Slovakia

Closing date for competition "Wayward Shrines - Silent Witnesses to Local History" (2019/2020)

04 December 2020
04 December 2020 - 05 December 2020

EUSTORY Moldova

Tutor workshop

04 December 2020
04 December 2020 - 05 December 2020

EUSTORY Ukraine

Tutor workshop

NETWORK MEMBERS

Click on a "EUSTORY Star" and find out about EUSTORY member organisations and their history competitions!

TRACES OF HISTORY

Every year, more than 10,000 young Europeans conduct historical research within the EUSTORY Network. Our »Traces of History« portray the manifold topics of the students’ works and the faces behind them. Find a small selection of traces here and many more in each network members' profile.

  • My competition entry was about...
    ...the rivalry between my hometown Sliven and the neighbouring town Yambol. Back in the Middle Ages the residents of these two cities were not on good terms. Even today, there is a dispute about which city is better – Sliven or Yambol. But in the 19th century intellectuals realized the need for conflict resolution in favour of both cities.. 

    "Beyond an old intercity rivalry – Sliven and Yambol in the 19th and 20th centuries” (2016)

  • My competition entry was about...
    ...a photo which was taken in 1943 on the Eastern front during the Second World War. It shows three soldiers and the Soviet tank T-34/76 after the liberation of the Ukrainian capital Kiev.

    "Incredibly brave" (2016)

  • My competition was about...
    …the effects of the industrial revolution in the textile production of my hometown in the middle of the 20th century. I wanted to create a personal view on local history, so I chose to focus on a local businessman. To illustrate my research and results I designed an interactive scrapbook.

    "The textile city of Alex Hansen in the 20th century" (2016)

  • My competition was about...
    ...Rome's failure to adapt its city-state style government to ruling an empire and its consequences. Either out of genuine concern for reform, desire for personal gain and glory, or a combination of the two, Julius Caesar gave the Republic its final push over the edge following a detailed plan.

    "How Julius Caesar brought down the Roman Republic" (2016)

  • My competition entry was about...
    ...Bulgaria during the time of communism: The military imposed severe movement restrictions on areas near the borders, people were forced to leave their homes and had to move to different parts of the country. In order to enter other regions they needed a special document issued by the police. 

    "Closed areas in border regions under socialism" (2016)

  • My competition was about...
    …my grandfather’s family history. I especially investigated my grandfather’s and great-grandfather’s encounters with different ruling powers and how these powers affected their actions, lives and destinies.

    "Life Stories of my Grandfather‘s Family Members in the course of Latvia’s History” (2016)

  • My competition was about...
    …the preservation of historical monuments in the Ukraine. As a volunteer, I was involved conducting research and I also carried out a dancing flash mob with umbrellas in order to attract peoples’ attention to the protection of historical monuments.

    "German buildings in Ukraine" (2016)

  • My competition was about...
    …the deportation of my great-grandmother and her family by Soviet authorities to Siberia in 1949. My ancestors lived and worked there in terrible conditions for eight years. Fortunately, they survived and came back to Latvia. For my research paper, I interviewed my 97 year old great-grandmother and enquired family documents related to this period.

    "The history of the Klancberg Family in exile in Siberia and related material. Testimony and memories.” (2016)

  • My competition entry was about...
    ...the rivalry between my hometown Sliven and the neighbouring town Yambol. Back in the Middle Ages the residents of these two cities were not on good terms. Even today, there is a dispute about which city is better – Sliven or Yambol. But in the 19th century intellectuals realized the need for conflict resolution in favour of both cities.. 

    "Beyond an old intercity rivalry – Sliven and Yambol in the 19th and 20th centuries” (2016)

  • My competition entry was about…
    ...constructing a leaf spring crossbow through trial and error, calculating the efficient crossbow bolt through test shots and later comparing my research with historical data. In my research paper I provided a project report and an overview about crossbows.

    "Leaf spring crossbow" (2016)

  • My competition was about...
    …schools in Nazi Germany. I studied the way the Nazis perceived education, the importance they accorded to schooling and the way they changed it to fit their worldview once they were in power. Furthermore, I studied how the system of education affected its students and what students thought of the system once the Nazi regime fell.

    "State education in Nazi Germany, 1933-1939" (2016)

  • My competition was about...
    …the role that Welsh migrants played in the USA. Our research included for example, Welsh members of the Ku Klux Klan, US Presidents with a Welsh background and Welsh soldiers in the US Civil War.

    "The dragon and the eagle" (2016)