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Pražská filozofická fakulta v (sebe)reflexi Josefa Petráně
Prague’s Faculty of Arts in a (Self-)Reflection of Josef Petráň

Author(s): Petr Andreas
Subject(s): History, Local History / Microhistory, Political history, Social history, Post-War period (1950 - 1989), Transformation Period (1990 - 2010), History of Communism
Published by: Ústav pro soudobé dějiny AV ČR
Keywords: History;Czechoslovakia 1948-89;Communism; Velvet revolution;Education;Faculty of Arts of the Charles University in Prague;

Summary/Abstract: PETRÁŇ, Josef: Filozofové dělají revoluci: Filozofická fakulta Univerzity Karlovy během komunistického experimentu (1948–1968–1989) Praha, Univerzita Karlova v Praze – Karolinum: Praha 2015, 1134 strany. The reviewer recaps historical publications since 1990 dedicated to the Faculty of Arts of the Charles University in Prague at the time of the Communist regime (1948–1989), assessing Petráň’s impressive book Philosophers making a revolution: Faculty of Arts ofthe Charles University in Prague during the Communist experiment (1948–1968–1989) as the climax of the author’s research efforts so far. In his opinion, the author is asking himself essential general questions concerning the reasons of easy acceptance and long-term existence of the Communist regime, resignation of the society, and isolated nature of the dissent during the so-called normalization; however, he argues the author’s answers could have been more convincing if the book had not been partly burdened by the “totalitarian historical narrative” presenting the ruling regime and the society as opposite entities. He appreciates that Professor Josef Petráň (1930–2017), as an early modern era historian lecturing at the Faculty of Arts in Prague since the1960s, connects the portrayal of its history with his own ego-histoire story while not avoiding questionable moments and not attempting to defend himself. The main principle of the book, namely Petráň’s partial rehabilitation of the quality of professional production of the Faculty of Arts of the Charles University in Prague at the time of the Communist regime, is, in the reviewer’s opinion, substantiated, and thereviewer sees the book’s greatest contribution in its exceptionally rich factography.

  • Issue Year: XXIV/2017
  • Issue No: 1-2
  • Page Range: 218-227
  • Page Count: 10
  • Language: Czech