Department of 20th Century History

Areas of Focus

The department specializes in the history of the Czechs lands and Czechoslovakia in the context of twentieth-century European history. The primary focus is on the political and social history and also on the history of international relations throughout the period in question, an important element of which is the compilation and publication of critical editions of sources. Members of the department teach at faculties of Charles University, Masaryk University, the University of Pardubice, the University of Hradec Králové, the University of South Bohemia, and others. They also engage in collaboration in the areas of university and secondary education and promote the popularization of their research findings in the media and through exhibitions.  

Primary Research Projects

  • Czechoslovakia – Part of European and World Politics
  • Czechoslovak Society Between Democracy and Totality
  • The Struggle of Czechs and Slovaks for the Democratic Ideals of Europe
  • Forced Migration – a Consequence of Europe’s Economic and Political Problems 

Publishing Projects

  • Documents of Czechoslovakian Foreign Policy
  • Programmes of Political Parties 

Periodicals

  • Slavonic Review
  • Modern History (in collaboration with the Department of 19th Century History)

Important Grants

Domestic project
| Provider: The Czech Science Foundation
| Project duration: 2020–2022
| Project ID: GA20-15238S
Cooperative Movement and Politics in the First Czechoslovak Republic
The interdisciplinary project focuses on cooperatives and the cooperative movement in the gravitational field of political...
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Domestic project
| Provider: Ministry of Culture
| Project duration: 2020–2022
| Project ID: DG20P02OVV010
Historical sources of Krkonoše: Development of a system of record keeping, processing and presentation of (historical) sources for the history and for the culture of Krkonoše and its use in research and in education
Krkonoše is a region affected by a loss of historical and cultural memory as a result of radical post-war political and...
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Domestic project
| Provider: The Czech Science Foundation
| Project duration: 2020–2022
| Project ID: GA20-19459S
Central European Mountains Krkonoše 1890–1950: Modernity, Tourism, Nationalism
Project aims to examine the relations of modern mountain tourism and nature protection to nationalist politics in the Krkonoše...
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