Research Group for Studies of the Cold War

The main goal of the research group is to enable further advancement of Cold War studies in the Czech Republic and the increase of overall awareness of Czechoslovakia’s role in these nearly five decades of post-war history. The primary objective of the research group is to integrate, interlink and enhance the research of the Cold War and of the role played by Czechoslovakia in the bi-polar conflict that has been done so far, and to expand the scope of this research. A number of important topics and issues dating to the period 1945–1989 need to be studied and analysed, not least for a better understanding of the present situation in numerous parts of the world, including Central and Eastern Europe.

The research group employs scholars who specialize in the Cold War history but also external researchers who focus on the problems of the post–bipolar world. The research group aims at regularly producing publications on both historical and recent topics, and in doing so, to bridge the gap between the research of Cold War period and that of the current international affairs.

The research group co-operates with the leading academic institutions in other countries (National Security Archive in Washington, D.C.; the Cold War History Research Center in Budapest; Harvard Project for Cold War Studies at Harvard University in Cambridge, Massachusetts) and also with many of the most important Cold War historians; thus strives to be an active member of the network of international research institutions and facilities dealing with the Cold War and its consequences for the current world.

Research Team

head: Smetana Vít
Bortlová#Vondráková Hana, Kocian Jiří, Kolenovská Daniela, Olšáková Doubravka, Tůma Oldřich, Vilímek Tomáš

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