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Reflections of repression in bell ringing and church bells

Bell ringing and bells, as well as the stories related to them, witness to the political, economic, religious, and social history of a people, because they are materially and spiritually closely linked with the people. Throughout history they were often a means of manipulation used by the political or economic authorities, either by confiscating them for war purposes or by banning bell ringing. This article is a study of the stories and archive sources on confiscations of bells during the First World War and the post-war repressive measures against bell ringing and chiming in some places in Slovenia. Through the historical facts and personal stories on bells, the personal attitude of the Slovenes to religion and politics is interpreted.