The Institute of History, Czech Academy of Sciences

General characteristics

The Institute of History of the CAS systematically cooperates with field academic and university workplaces of Central Europe, especially Poland, Austria, Germany and Slovakia. According to individual specialization, individual researchers or teams further take part in cooperation on bilateral and multilateral projects with other countries. Through the Czech Historical Institute in Rome, the institute is integrated into the international federation of historical institutes based in Rome - Unione Internazionale degli istituti deľ archeologia, storia e storia deľ arte.

The most important international projects of the Institute of History, v. v. i.

a) international projects resolved within international scientific programs,
    e.g. in the ESF, NATO, EU, SRP, UNESCO.

Occupation in Europe. The Impact of National Socialist and Fascist Rule 1938-1945, ESF project, (P. Vošahlíková).

Court Residences as Places of Exchange in Late Medieval and Early Modern Europe (1400-1700) – PALATIUM (D. Dvořáčková-Malá – J. Zelenka)
The programme is a platform of European researchers of various scientific areas dealing with the theme of aristocratic courts and residences. During its five-year duration, it aims to promote and develop the exchange of knowledge and experience between the scientific communities in the participating countries (Belgium, the Czech Republic, Denmark, France, Holland, Germany, Portugal, Slovakia, Sweden) and thus help surpass the boundaries of regionally orientated research to more generally formulated questions of European political and cultural development.

b) other international projects and cooperation:

Bibliographie zur Geschichte der Böhmischen Lände rund der Slowakei - cooperation of the bibliographic workplaces of Germany, Poland, the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Lithuania and Hungary on an international database Literaturdokumentation zur Geschichte Ostmitteleuropas ( ) capturing the historical production of the countries of Central and Eastern Europe   (V. Horčáková, K. Rexová).

Acta Unitatis Fratrum - the aim of the project is a regesta edition of the most important manuscript sets of texts on the history of Bohemian-Moravian Unity of the Brethren from its beginnings until the last quarter of the 16th century, called the Acta Unitatis fratrum. The collection was founded in order to preserve the fundamental unprinted sources of the Brethren in 1551 by Bishop Jan Černý. The collection is marked by a variety of genres, alongside theological treatises correspondence for example comprises a significant portion. It also contains a number of sources, which are related to other confessional groups active in the Central Europe area during the 16th century and reflects also a number of period political and social events.

European Historical Bibliographies - an international project of fifteen historical bibliographies from thirteen European countries ( ). (V. Horčáková, K. Rexová)
Europäische territoriale Zusammenarbeit Österreich - Tschechische Republik 2007-2013. European territorial cooperation of Austria – the Czech Republic 2007-2013. (M. Hlavačka)
On the project: here Complete documentation for the project: here

Handbuch zur Religions- und Kirchengeschichte der böhmischen Länder  im 20. Jahrhundert, an international project of the Collegia Carolina in Munich (J. Šebek).
Annotation: here; review in G2W Nr. 2, 2010: here

Historický atlas měst ČR/Historical Atlas of the Towns of the Czech Republic
Eva Chodějovská, Eva Semotanová, Robert Šimůnek, Josef Žemlička
The project “Historical Atlas of the Towns of the Czech Republic” resolved at the Institute of History of the Czech Academy of Sciences, v. v. i. since 1994 is part of a European project of historical atlases for comparing the history of towns, prepared under the aegis of the International Commission for Urban History. The European countries Great Britain, Germany, Austria, Ireland, France, Italy, the Netherlands, the Czech Republic, Poland, Romania, Switzerland, Sweden, Norway and Finland take part in the project. The cooperation takes place also with the European historical atlases of towns commission, the Commission internationale pour l´histoire des villes (J. Žemlička, R. Šimůnek, E. Chodějovská).

Dějiny Kladska jako středoevroského regionu/Hrabstwo Kłodzkie na tle historii regionu i Europy Środkowej/History of the Central European Region Kladsko 
Eva Semotanová
The project of Czech-Polish cooperation on the history of Kłodzko is supported by the Fundusz Mikroprojektów w Eroregionie Glacensis CZ/PL Cíl 3/Cel 3 2007-2013 “Przekraczamy Granice”. The resolution is participated in by the Institute of History of the Czech Academy of Sciences, Institute of History of the Faculty of Arts of the University of Hradec Králové and the Uniwersytet Wrocławski - Ośrodek Współpracy Polsko-Czesko-Słowackiej under the aegis of the Polsko-Czeskiego Towarzystwa Naukowego)

Christianization and State-Formation in Northern and Central Europe, c. 900-c.  1200, an international interdisciplinary project managed by Prof. Nora Berendt (Faculty of History, University Cambridge). Participating countries: Great Britain, Norway, Sweden, Denmark, the Czech Republic, Poland, Hungary. Ongoing presentation of the results at joint colloquia, the preparation of a homonymous collective publication (E. Doležalová, J. Žemlička).

Indulgences in the Later Middle Ages, international project managed by Prof. Robert N. Swanson (University of Birmingham), Czech part of the project – “Indulgences, their Reception and Critique in the Late Medieval Czech Lands” (E. Doležalová, F. Šmahel).

The Rise of Parliamentarism 1776-1849, an edition of the constitutional documents up to 1850, an international project managed by Prof. Horst Dippel (Universität Kassel), preparation of a two-volume edition of historical and contemporary constitutions and constitutional projects of selected countries of the world (M. Hlavačka).

Regimes of Historicity and Discourses of Modernity and Identity in East-Central, Southeastern and Northern Europe, 1900-1945, the project is financed by the Volkswagen Foundation, Fritz Thyssen Foundation (Germany) and the Bank of Sweden Tercentary Foundation (Sweden), coordinator: Centre for Advanced Study, Sofia (František Šístek).

Religion and Values: Central and Eastern European Research Network, an international project financed by the European Commission, coordinator: Department for the Study of Religion, University of Szeged (František Šístek).

Corpus der Quellen zur Geschichte der Juden im spätmittelalterlichen Reich – an international project managed by Prof. Alfred Haverkamp (Arye Maimon-Institut für Geschichte der Juden, Universität Trier) is focused inter alia on treating all of the preserved sources on the history of Jewish settlement in the area of the medieval Holy Roman Empire and their publication at an internet portal. Scientific institutions from Germany, Austria, Switzerland, the Czech Republic and Israel participate on the project. An international agreement on cooperation was concluded between the Arye Maimon Institut, Institute of History of the CAS and the Centre for Medieval Studies of the CAS and CU in 2009 (Eva Doležalová, IH CAS; Martin Musílek, CMS).

Work in field commissions and national commissions

The employees of the institute take part in bilateral and trilateral field commissions: Czech-Slovak, Czech-Austrian, Polish-Czech (Polsko-Czeskie Towarzystwo Naukowe), Czech-Romanian, Czech-Slovak-French and Czech-French, which inter alia devote themselves to the preparation of international meetings.

The Czech National Commission of Historians and Czech National Commission of Balkan Studies are also active at the institute. The institute is also the headquarters of the Czech-Russian Commission of Historians and Archivists.


The international Polish-Czech Scientific Society was founded in autumn 2006. In accord with the statutes, it began its activities after registration in April 2007. In accord with Statute (§ 7), the aim of the Society is:

1. Initiation, management and organization of research projects in the area of historical and contemporary problems of
    Poland and the Czech Republic and Polish-Czech relations in the broad international context with a special focus
    on interdisciplinary and comparative conceptions.
2. Initiation and organization of scientific cooperation of institutions, interested groups and people in Poland and
    the Czech Republic.
3. Spread of scientific funding knowledge on Poland and the Czech Republic and their mutual historical
    and contemporary relations.
4. Effort for the widest usage of the results of scientific research in the formation of political, economic and
    cultural Polish-Czech contacts.

The Society was created based on the initiative of a numerous (51 people) and representative group of Polish and Czech scientists and other people with an interest in the development of Polish-Czech cooperation, primarily on the scientific level. After registration, which was conducted in accordance with the Polish act on societies, the mentioned people acquired the status of members-initiators. The international cross-border character of the organization required that the programme and organizational principles were created without the possibility of using the standard models.