The Institute of History, Czech Academy of Sciences

Department of the 20th Century History


Head:
doc. PhDr. Jan Němeček, DrSc.






Focus of the department:
The department deals with the history of the Czech lands and Czechoslovakia in the context of European history in the 20th century. The centre of attention is taken particularly by political and social history and also the history of international relations in the relevant period. An important component is the treatment and publication of critical editions of the sources. The members of the department teach within accredited fields of history at the Pedagogical Faculty and the Faculty of Social Sciences of Charles University in Prague, at the Faculty of Arts of the University of Pardubice, at the Faculty of Arts and Pedagogical Faculty of Masaryk University in Brno and at the Faculty of International Relations of the Prague School of Economics in Prague. They participate in the conception of history textbooks, in further cooperation with the sphere of higher education and secondary-school education and in the popularization of research results.

Important projects:
1. Problems of the development of European democracy and Czechoslovakia in the course of the 20th century in the
    international context, mutual reflection of democracy and dictatorship.
2. The position and role of modern political parties in the Czech lands and in Czechoslovakia. Analytic research and
    edition of political manifestos. The aim is a complex coverage of the entire spectrum of the political parties and its
    place in the life of society.
3. Research of the foreign policy of the Czechoslovak Republic. The main attention is focused on the treatment of
    syntheses and fundamental editions of the diplomatic documents for the history of Czechoslovak foreign policy
    from 1918.
4. Study of selected questions of the domestic and foreign resistance to the Nazi occupation of the Czech lands and
    the efforts for the renewal of an independent Czechoslovakia.
5. The problem of forced migrations and their forms as a purposeful process of addressing the economic and political
    problems of Europe in the 20th century.
6. Study the issues of church and religious history in the broader context of political, social and ideological history of
    the 20th century and in the context of the reflection of European development and of papal policy in the given period.
7. Historiography of the history of Czechoslovakia in the 20th century.
8. Political orientation and political structure of national minorities in Czechoslovakia.


Members:
  • PhDr. Jindřich Dejmek, DSc.
  • doc. PhDr. Jiří Friedl, Ph.D., DSc.
  • PhDr. Eva Irmanová, CSc.
  • PhDr. Vojtěch Kyncl, Ph.D.
  • doc. PhDr. Jan Němeček, DrSc.
  • PhDr. Petr Prokš, CSc.
  • PhDr. Jan Slavíček, Ph.D.
  • doc. Mg. Jaroslav Šebek, Ph.D.
  • Mgr. Jana Škerlová, Ph.D.
  • PhDr. Emil Voráček, DrSc.
  • PhDr. Blanka Zubáková (roz. Jedličková)
  • doc. PhDr. Zlatica Zudová-Lešková, CSc.



  • Periodicals:
    The Slavonic Review
    Modern History (together with the Department of 19th Century History)