Research and documentation projects

A biographical dictionary of top KSČ functionaries (1921–1989)

Implementation: 2008–2018 Head of project: Petr Anev Other members of the project team: Milan Bárta, Jan Kalous, Pavel Kreisinger, Jaroslav Rokoský, Jiří Urban, Rudolf Vévoda, Roman Vondra, Matěj Bílý Description of project: Using uniform criteria, the biographical dictionary of top…

An analysis of the discussion about history in dissent

Implementation: 2017–2018 Head of project: Petr Placák Description of project: The attempt at a single interpretation of history is one of the basic features of totalitarian, authoritative and various nationalist regimes, including also the period of normalization. The project outlines…

Couriers and people smugglers, 1948–1955

Implementation: 2015–2018 Head of project: Libor Svoboda Other members of the project team: Martin Tichý, Juraj Kalina Description of project: The project aims to capture the events along the whole border of former Czechoslovakia with Austria and Germany. It will focus…

Denunciation as a social practice in the Czech lands 1938–1953

Implementation: 2017–2019 Head of project: Jaromír Mrňka Description of project: The project reconstructs the phenomenon of denunciation in modern Czech society during the period of Nazi and Stalinist dictatorships. It focuses on the analysis of mechanisms in which denunciation represented…

Documentation of people executed for political reasons (1948–1989)

Implementation: 2008–2018 Head of project: Petr Mallota Other members of the project team: Markéta Doležalová Description of project: The aim of the project is to map the lives of people executed for political reasons in Czechoslovakia in the years 1948–1989.…

Documentation of political repressions in the Soviet Union

Implementation: 2018–2020 Head of project: Adam Hradilek Other members of the project team: Jan Dvořák, Štěpán Černoušek Description of project: The project of documentation of political repressions in the Soviet Union builds on the previous project of the Institute called…

Film and history of totalitarian regimes

Implementation: 2016–2018 Head of project: Petr Kopal Other members of the project team: Jaroslav Pinkas Description of project: The project aims to study film propaganda as one of the aspects of modern totalitarianism. The project centres on the following questions:…

History 1938–1989: The past as an educational and public issue

Implementation: 2018–2020 Head of project: Vojtěch Ripka Other members of the project team: Jaroslav Najbert, Kamil Činátl, Jaroslav Pinkas, Čeněk Pýcha, Karina Hoření, Václav Sixta, Michaela Veselá Description of project: The project centres on the enhancement of historical literacy in…

History of state security services, 1945–1953

Implementation: 2015–2018 Head of project: Milan Bárta and Jan Kalous Other members of the project team: Libor Svoboda, Jerguš Sivoš (ÚPN) Description of project: The project is defined by the period between early 1945 and September 1953 and has important contextual…

History of state security services, 1969–1989

Implementation: 2017–2021 Head of project: Tomáš Vilímek Other members of the project team: Adam Havlík, Tomáš Malínek, Petr Dvořáček Description of project: The project focuses on the normalization period of the years 1969–1989. With federalization of Czechoslovakia in 1969, new…

Museum in discussion

Implementation: 2017–2018 Head of project: Čeněk Pýcha Other members of the project team: Jakub Jareš, Václav Sixta Description of project: The project aims to link activities of museums with contemporary historical science. It will look at museum exhibitions from the…

New sacral constructions in the normalization period

Implementation: 2017–2020 Head of project: Michal Sklenář Description of project: The project focuses on new sacral buildings of the Roman Catholic Church in the Czech lands. It highlights concrete social practice in places where new Catholic chapels and churches were…

Opus Bonum

Implementation: 2015–2018 Head of project: Petr Placák Description of project: The lay Catholic organization Opus Bonum (OB) was established by Czechoslovak émigrés in 1972 in the then West Germany in order to preserve and further develop Czech and Slovak Christian…

The Escape from Leopoldov

Implementation: 2015–2018 Head of project: Jaroslav Rokoský Description of project: The project draws on archival research and maps the escape of resistance members from the most feared prison in the ČSR, which took place on 2 January 1952. It will…

The Society for a Merrier Present

Implementation: 2018–2019 Head of project: Petr Blažek Description of project: The project focuses on historical research into the history of the Society for a Merrier Present – one of the opposition initiatives in Czechoslovakia in the late 1980s. It will…

The Ukrainian Insurgent Army in Czechoslovakia

Implementation: 2017–2019 Head of project: David Svoboda Other members of the project team: Jaromír Kalus, Tomáš Řepa Description of project: The project explores Ukrainian anti-Soviet resistance during World War II and during the Cold War. It focuses on the radical…

The Warsaw Pact: disintegration and collapse (1985–1991)

Implementation: 2017–2019 Head of project: Matěj Bílý Description of project: The analysis of the last years of the existence of the Warsaw Pact in the time of the General Secretary of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union Mikhail Gorbachev…

Transformations of the prison system in the Czech lands, 1965–1992

Implementation: 2017–2019 Head of project: Klára Pinerová Other members of the project team: Michal Louč, Kristýna Bušková Description of project: The project aims to research Czechoslovak prison system in the years 1965–1992, viewed from the perspective of adaptation mechanisms, both…

Underground in the regions

Implementation: 2012–2018 Head of project: Ladislav Kudrna Other members of the project team: František Stárek, Martin Valenta Description of project: The project focuses on basic research of regional underground activities in Czechoslovakia in the normalization period. The main outcomes will…