Selected IMS publications

Memory in Transatlantic Relations : From the Cold War to the Global War on Terror

Memory in Transatlantic Relations : From the Cold War to the Global War on Terror

KOZÁK, Kryštof - TÓTH, György - BAUER, Paul. Memory in Transatlantic Relations : From the Cold War to the Global War on Terror. 1st ed. London: Routledge, 2019. 268 s. Memory Studies: Global Constellations. ISBN 978-0-415-78854-0.

The publication analyzes the uses of collective memory in transatlantic diplomacy since the end of the Cold War.

Giovanni Sartori: Challenging Political Science

 

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Michal Kubat, Martin Mejstrik, Giovanni Sartori: Challenging Political Science, 2019, ECPR Press, 152 pages, ISBN-10: 1785522876, ISBN-13: 978-1785522871.

This volume brings together selected essays that examine Sartori as a scholar, university professor and intellectual. It is unique in covering all three aspects of Sartori’s academic work: comparative politics, social science methodology and political theory.

České probuzení z amerického snu

České probuzení z amerického snu

KOZÁK, Kryštof. České probuzení z amerického snu. 1. vyd. Praha: Karolinum, 2019. 241 s. ISBN 978-80-246-4280-2.

Kniha se zabývá zkoumáním a obrazem USA v České republice od skončení studené války do současnosti.

Od Stalina ke Gorbačovovi

Od Stalina ke Gorbačovovi

LITERA, Bohuslav. Od Stalina ke Gorbačovovi. 1. vyd. Praha: Dokořán, 2019. 403 s. Bod. ISBN 978-80-7363-918-1.

Kniha Od Stalina ke Gorbačovovi navazuje na publikaci Cesta na výsluní. Zahraniční politika Sovětského svazu 1917-1945 a analyzuje hlavní směřování sovětské zahraniční politiky v letech 1945-1991. V případě Sovětského svazu s jeho vysoce personalizovaným systémem vlády se do ní výrazně promítala i osobnost generálního, respektive prvního tajemníka komunistické strany.

Transatlantic Democracy Assistance : Promoting Different Models of Democracy

Transatlantic Democracy Assistance : Promoting Different Models of Democracy

HORNÁT, Jan. Transatlantic Democracy Assistance : Promoting Different Models of Democracy. 1st ed. London: Routledge, 2019. 216 s. Democratization studies. ISBN 978-1-138-35087-8.

The approaches of EU institutions and the US to democracy assistance often vary quite significantly as both actors choose different means and tactics. The nuances in the understandings of democracy on the part of the EU and the US lead to their promotion of models of democratic governance that are often quite divergent and, in some respects, clashing. This book examines the sources of this divergence and by focusing on the role of the actors' "democratic identity" it aims to explain the observation that both actors use divergent strategies and instruments to foster democratic governance in third countries. Taking a constructivist view, it demonstrates that the history, expectations and experiences with democracy of each actor significantly inform their respective definition of democracy and thus the model of democracy they promote abroad. This book will be of key interest to scholars, students and practitioners in democracy promotion, democratization, political theory, EU and US foreign policy and assistance, and identity research.

Osudové osmičky: československé dvacáté století očima vzpomínek

Osudové osmičky: československé dvacáté století očima vzpomínek

RAŠKA, Francis (ed.). Osudové osmičky: československé dvacáté století očima vzpomínek. 1. vyd. Pardubice: Univerzita Pardubice, 2018. 203 s. ISBN 978-80-7560-194-0.

Tato kniha přináší pohled na československé dvacáté století očima sedmi jednotlivců, kteří prožili a reagovali na osudové události let končících na osmičku. Příběhy dvou autorů jsou podány ve formě rozhovoru, pět autorů nabízí svůj vlastní příběh, perspektivy a názory na události minulé i přítomné.

Britská šlechta v Českých zemích

Britská šlechta v Českých zemích

KOŠŤÁLOVÁ, Renata - KOŠŤÁL, Vratislav. Britská šlechta v Českých zemích. 1. vyd. Brno: Barrister & Principal, 2018. 276 s. ISBN 978-80-7364-076-7.

Historický popis emigrace britské šlechty do českých zemí a jejich akvitice šlechtických sídel na našem území

Jews and Gentiles in Central and Eastern Europe during the Holocaust. History and Memory

Kubátová, Hana – Láníček, Králová, Kateřina – Šimová, Kateřina a kol., 230 s. Routledge, London, 2018 ISBN 978-1-138-06132-3

Providing diverse insights into Jewish-Gentile relations in East Central Europe from the outbreak of the Second World War until the reestablishment of civic societies after the fall of Communism in the late 1980s, this volume brings together scholars from various disciplines - including history, sociology, political science, cultural studies, film studies and anthropology - to investigate the complexity of these relations, and their transformation, from perspectives beyond the traditional approach that deals purely with politics. This collection thus looks for interactions between the public and private, and what is more, it does so from a still rather rare comparative perspective, both chronological and geographic. It is this interdisciplinary and comparative perspective that enables us to scrutinize the interaction between the individual majority societies and the Jewish minorities in a longer time frame, and hence we are able to revisit complex and manifold encounters between Jews and Gentiles, including but not limited to propaganda, robbery, violence but also help and rescue. In doing so, this collection challenges the representation of these encounters in post-war literature, films, and historical consciousness. This book was originally published as a special issue of Holocaust Studies.

Global competiotin or convergence?

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Hornát, Jan – Kindl, Lukáš 222 p. Charles University, Karolinum Press, 2018 ISBN 978-80-246-3715-0

The important question vis-à-vis China’s rise is how and to what extent do internal changes in China affect its external behavior and thus its relations with the current world hegemon, the United States. This publication asks what the clash of two politically, culturally and economically different internal orders of the US and China will mean for their future interactions in the twenty-first century. The aim is not to measure and encompass the entirety of the posed question, but rather to provide an incursion into this problem through two specific case studies – one focusing on the interaction of the two countries’ distinct political cultures and the other on their economic, geopolitical and ideological interplay on the African continent. As will be demonstrated, incompatible as the two regimes and their respective foreign policies may seem, they will not necessarily predestine conflicts in mutual relations. As America can well coexist with China even if it does not meet the Western standards of a liberal democracy, so does the competition in Africa between these two major powers not have to amount to a zero-sum game.

Autobiographische Fragmente in der modernen deutschen Literatur. Selbstinszenierungen in den Grenzfällen des Autobiographischen

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Zelená, Alena 248 s. Peter Lang, 2018 ISBN 978-3-631-73589-3

Dieses Buch charakterisiert und analysiert sogenannte autobiographische Fragmente. Ausgewählte experimentelle Beispiele aus der Jahrhundertwende zeigen mögliche Zugänge zur modernen Subjekt- und Sprachkrise und ihre Spiegelung im Genre der Autobiographie. Anhand von kommunikativer Offenheit, Ironie und Witz wird die Veränderung des Denkens in der Moderne sichtbar. Die Fragmente thematisieren die Struktur der Grenze und des liminalen Seins, samt den Grenzüberschreitungen im Faktischen, Textuellen und Sprachlichen. Die Autorin zeigt mit Ihrer Untersuchung die Praxis der Selbstinszenierung und der In-Frage-Stellung des Bezugs zwischen dem Text und der dargestellten "Wirklichkeit" auf.

MÍROVÉ USPOŘÁDÁNÍ S NĚMECKEM: OD PROTIHITLEROVSKÉ KOALICE K ČESKO-NĚMECKÉ DEKLARACI

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Kučera, Jaroslav 479 s. Dokořán, 2018 ISBN 978-80-7363-912-9

The study delivers a complex analysis of the peace settlement with Germany from the mid-1940s up until now as well as of the involvement of Czechoslovakia and other Central European countries in this process. It is comprised of two main parts, a synthetic and an analytical one. The former is concerned with the overall peace settlement process with Germany. Three case studies in the second part deal with the problem of German reparations, the right to a homeland and to self-determination of the German expellees, and their property claims. The contribution of the study consists in the complex approach to the subject that spans quite a long period, many issues, which were up until now subject of specialised contributions only, a considerable number of important governmental and non-state actors. This approach makes possible to display the peace settlement with Germany in its dynamics and complexity as well as the interdependence of its particular components. In this way, the topic has never been approached either in Czech or in international historical research so far.

BIOGRAPHISCHES LEXIKON ZUR GESCHICHTE DER BÖHMISCHEN LÄNDER. BAND IV. LIEFERUNG 7, STRÁNSKÝ, J. - ŠTRONER

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Kunštát, Miroslav – Melville, Ralph – Winkelbauer, Thomas - Luft, Robert – Šimková, Pavla – Siska, Veronika 80 s. Collegium Carolinum, München, 2018 ISBN 978-3-944396-62-0

7th issue of the IV. volume of the largest German-speaking biographical dictionary of the history of the Czech lands (entries: Stránský – Štroner) published since 1979 by the Collegium Carolinum, Munich.

TŘETÍ PILÍŘ ZAHRANIČNÍ POLITIKY? ZÁPADONĚMECKÁ ZAHRANIČNÍ KULTURNÍ POLITIKA V ŠEDESÁTÝCH A SEDMDESÁTÝCH LETECH 20. STOLETÍ

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Baštová, Petra 453 s. Academia, 2018 ISBN 978-80-200-2797-9

This book deals with the fundamental changes in West German foreign cultural policy during the 1960s and 1970s. Since that time, the foreign cultural policy of the Federal Republic of Germany has been considered "the third pillar of foreign policy" (the two other pillars being classical diplomacy / security policy and foreign economic policy) and a broad definition of "culture" has been used. Further, foreign cultural policy has come to be understood as a cultural exchange rather than a cultural export and is no longer focused solely on the elites. The aim of this book is to provide a complex presentation and fresh evaluation of the fundamental changes in the foreign cultural policy of the Federal Republic of Germany in the 1960s and 1970s on the basis of a large number of archival sources, edited documents and secondary literature. The topic is analysed within a broad historical and international context.

TUSHETI

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Horák, Slavomír 80 s. Gentiana, 2018 ISBN 978-80-7535-083-1

Historical and tourist guide of a mountain region in Georgia. Based on long-term research, the text summarizes geography, history and ethnography of the region. At the same time, it provides the information on tourism infrastructure including tourist trails marked within the project of the Czech Development Agency on the development of rural tourism. 

FIGHTING TERRORISM : SURVEILLANCE AND TARGETED KILLING IN POST 9/11 WORLD

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Krauzová, Tereza – Matějka, Stanislav 120 s. Charles University, Karolinum Press, 2018 ISBN 978-80-246-3812-6

The war on terror, launched by the 9/11 terrorist attacks, has been waged inside as well as outside the U.S. borders. Perception of threat and efforts to ensure national security have led the United States to major reforms in its national security policy, involving new military, security and legislative concepts. On the level of waging war outside the U.S. borders, the United States has introduced the system of Unmanned Aerial vehicles (UAVs), autonomous aircraft without a human pilot aboard, opening the possibility of highly effective computer game-like targeted killing. On the domestic level, new pieces of legislation and other antiterrorism measures have been raising privacy awareness and concerns whether the U.S. government keeps observing the Constitution. Nowadays, as advanced technology offers a wide range of possibilities on how to intrude one´s privacy and effectively kill people, legal and ethical considerations have to catch up the reality. This work, therefore, seeks to elaborate on the statutory and constitutional framework of the current U.S surveillance measures as well as the limits of the utilization of UAVs.

CULTURES IN TIMES OF TRANSITION. EAST CENTRAL EUROPE AFTER 1989

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Klípa, Ondřej - Keck-Szajbel, Mark – Simmeth, Alexander a kol., 130 s. Piktogram Polska, 2018 ISBN 978-83-64707-25-4

“Cultures in Times of Transition” explores how the transformations of the 1980s and 1990s affected everyday life for citizens on both sides of the Iron Curtain; how ideas of “the other” circulated before and after the fall of the wall; and what a future utopia looked like for citizens of the East. These contributions range from the history of agricultural change, urban studies, linguistics, and legal history. They mirror the broadness of questions concerning the transition but also hint at the heterochronous nature of those transformations. 

Příběhy exilu. Osudy exulantů z území bývalého Ruského impéria v meziválečném Československu (IN CZECH, TRANS: TALES OF THE EXILE. DESTINIES OF THE EXILES FROM THE TERRITORY OF THE FORMER RUSSIAN EMPIRE IN INTERWAR CZECHOSLOVAKIA)

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Jakub Hauser-Věra Velemanová (eds.). 335 pg. Memorial of National Literature, 2018 ISBN 978-80-87376-49-2.

A narrative trilingual collective monograph of the Memorial of National Literature, Tales of the Exile, has just come out, to which Daniela Kolenovská contributed with a Belarusian study on the edge of interwar emigration in Czechoslovakia. The book builds on the success of the exhibition catalogue Exilus Experience, a publication appraised in the Gloria musaealis competition as the best museum publication in 2017. It captures the little-known aspects of the phenomenon of the multinational wave of exiles fleeing from the territory of the former imperial empire from the aftermath of the Bolshevik coup. Thanks to the extremely helpful attitude of Czechoslovakia, a number of educational and scientific institutions and a series of Russian, Ukrainian and Belorussian periodicals, publishing houses, professional organizations and associations were established in this area in the twenties and thirties. Prague has become an unforgettable centre of "Russia outside Russia", where many scientists, artists, writers, as well as actors and opera singers have settled. The fresh monograph contains three language versions of all texts and a great number of illustrations, presenting mostly unpublished materials from the Czech and foreign archive, museums and gallery and private collections.

CESTY Z APOKALYPSY. FYZICKÉ NÁSILÍ V PÁDU A OBNOVĚ STŘEDNÍ EVROPY 1914–1922

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Konrád, Ota – Kučera, Rudolf 364 s. Academia, 2018 ISBN 978-80-200-2874-7

The book deals with the cultural history of physical violence during the First World War and its immediate Aftermath in the Bohemian Lands Austrian Lands and South Tyrol. It tackles the question of how did the war and the post-war reconstruction influence forms and perceptions of violence in the various context of war victory and defeat among scholars as well as among the wider public. Physical violence is thus treated as a specific form of communication, in which basic ideas about a just order were formulated and where also new social ties were forged. 

AESTHETICS, DISINTERESTEDNESS, AND EFFECTIVENESS IN POLITICAL ART

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Asavei, Maria Alina 175 s. Lexington Books, 2018 ISBN 978-1-4985-6679-7

Should politically concerned and engaged artistic production disregard questions or/and requirements of aesthetic reception and value? Whether art should be “aesthetic” or “political” is not a new question. Therefore, in spite of those several contemporary approaches of this issue, the answer is not set in stone and the debate is still going on. This volume aims to broaden these debates and it stems from numerous conversations with politically engaged artists and artist collectives on issues related to the “aestheticization of politics” versus the “politicization of art,” as well as the phenomenon of the so-called “unhealthy aestheticism” in political art. Thus, this study has three interrelated aims: Firstly, it aims to offer an interdisciplinary account of the relationship between art and politics and between aesthetics and the political. Secondly, it attempts to explore what exactly makes artistic production a strong – yet neglected – field of political critique when the democratic political agency, history from below and identity politics are threatened. Finally, to illuminate the relationship between critical political theory, on the one hand, and the philosophy of art, on the other by highlighting artworks’ moral, political and epistemic abilities to reveal, criticize, problematize and intervene politically in our political reality.

Semi-presidentialism, Parliamentarism and Presidents

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Miloš Brunclík, Michal Kubát, Semi-presidentialism, Parliamentarism and Presidents, Presidential Politics in Central Europe, 1st Edition, 2018, 170 pages, ISBN 9781138054714

The book analyzes the presidencies of three neighboring Central European countries – Poland, the Czech Republic and Slovakia – in the context of their interactions with cabinets (and prime ministers), parliaments and the constitutional courts, all which have proved crucial actors in the region’s political and constitutional battles.

Using both institutional and behavioral perspectives along with an innovative definition of semi-presidentialism, the book argues that presidential powers – rather than the mode of the election of the president – are crucial to the functioning of the regimes and their classification into distinctive regime types. Focusing on intra-executive conflicts and the interaction of the president with other constitutional players it argues that, regardless of the mode of the election of the president, regimes have traditionally been very similar not only in their institutional settings, but also in the way they function. Finally, it shows that Poland, the Czech Republic and Slovakia should be classified as parliamentary regimes.

This text will be of key interest to scholars and students of Central and East Europe studies/politics, post-Communist studies, presidential studies and more broadly to political elites and institutions, comparative politics and legislative studies.

Krize, válka a nový začátek. Československo a Rakousko v období 1933-1948

Krize, válka a nový začátek. Československo a Rakousko v období 1933-1948

KUNŠTÁT, Miroslav - ŠEBEK, Jaroslav - SCHMOLLER, Hildegard (eds.). Krize, válka a nový začátek. Československo a Rakousko v období 1933-1948. 1 vyd. Praha: Masarykův ústav a Archiv AV ČR, 2017. 274 s. Publikace Stálé konference českých a rakouských historiků ke společnému kulturnímu dědictví, sv. 2. ISBN 978-80-87782-80-4.

Kniha se věnuje složitému a dramatickému období let 1933-1948 z česko-rakouské perspektivy: na jeho počátku bylo zřízení autoritativního "stavovského státu" v Rakousku, na jeho konci pak převzetí moci komunisty v Československu. Zvláštní pozornost je věnována tehdejším bilaterálním československo-rakouským vztahům, postavení a roli obou států v mezinárodním prostředí a samozřejmě i jejich obnovení po roce 1945. Některé studie se věnují i kontroverzním tématům, která byla v obou zemích v nedávné době živě diskutována (politický režim v Rakousku po roce 1933, odboj a kolaborace v tzv. Protektorátu Čechy a Morava, vyhnání a nucené vysídlení Němců z Československa ve vztahu k Rakousku aj.).

Etnické komunity: Hrdinové, šibalové a antagonisté Balkánu

Etnické komunity:Hrdinové, šibalové a antagonisté Balkánu

BITTNEROVÁ, Dana - DRS, Tomáš - DUCHÁČEK, Milan. Etnické komunity:Hrdinové, šibalové a antagonisté Balkánu. 1. vyd. Praha: FHS UK, 2017. 487 s. Agora, sv. 15. ISBN 978-80-7571-002-4.

Tři pojmy v názvu publikace symbolicky vyjadřují náš prvoplánový záměr přemýšlet o aktérech, kteří zanechali či zanechávají stopu ve společenském a kulturním vývoji balkánského prostoru, kteří se zásadně či v určité oblasti života stali tvůrci přítomnosti, budoucnosti či minulosti. Aktéry v našem pojetí chápeme široce,jsou jimi nejen jedinci, společenské skupiny, ale také situace, události, artefakty. Chceme zároveň upozornit na osobnosti, pro které byl či je Balkán a jeho obyvatelé inspirací a výzvou.

New Labour, Británie a svět : Ideový rámec britské zahraniční politiky za vlády Tonyho Blair a a Gordona Browna

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VÁŠKA, Jan. New Labour, Británie a svět : Ideový rámec britské zahraniční politiky za vlády Tonyho Blair a a Gordona Browna. 1. vyd. Praha: Univerzita Karlova, Nakladatelství Karolinum, 2017. 308 s. ISBN 978-80-246-3744-0.

Z jakých představ o mezinárodním postavení a roli Británie a o jejích vztazích s Evropou a Spojenými státy vycházela britská zahraniční politika v turbulentní éře Tonyho Blaira a Gordona Browna? Jak reflektovali její tvůrci měnící se mezinárodní prostředí a rozložení moci ve světě? Jak uvažovali o klíčových normách a pravidlech spravujících mezinárodní politiku a o určujících tématech soudobé mezinárodní agendy? V této knize autor na základě obsahové a diskurzní analýzy premiérských projevů a dalších klíčových textů zkoumá a interpretuje proměny ideové struktury, v níž byla zahraniční politika Spojeného království v období New Labour ukotvena.

Železniční reforma v Německu

Železniční reforma v Německu

NIGRIN, Tomáš - TOMEŠ, Zdeněk - SEIDENGLANZ, Daniel. Železniční reforma v Německu. 1. vyd. Praha: Karolinum, 2017. 147 s. Železniční reformy, sv. 4. ISBN 978-80-246-3627-6.

Publikace analyzuje reformu železnic v Německu. Zaměřuje se na historicko-politické důvody reformy a dále na její provedení včetně legislativních detailů. Stranou nezůstává pohled na proměnu dopravně-geografické role dopravy a proměna ekonomických parametrů Deutsche Bahn.

Katastrofa křesťanů : likvidace Arménů, Asyřanů a Řeků v Osmanské říši v letech 1914-1923

Katastrofa křesťanů : likvidace Arménů, Asyřanů a Řeků v Osmanské říši v letech 1914-1923

ŘOUTIL, Michal - KOŠŤÁLOVÁ, Petra - NOVÁK, Petr. Katastrofa křesťanů : likvidace Arménů, Asyřanů a Řeků v Osmanské říši v letech 1914-1923. 1. vyd. Červený Kostelec: Pavel Mervart, 2017. 742 s. Pro Oriente, č. 37. ISBN 978-80-7465-254-7.

Předkládaná monografie patří v světovém kontextu vůbec k prvním pokusům představit problematiku vyvražďování křesťanů v Osmanské říši na akademické úrovni v celé její šíři, tedy nikoliv pouze jako národní tragédii Arménů, ale jako snahu o likvidaci veškerého místního křesťanstva, zejména Asyřanů a Řeků.Ve čtyřech částech knihy je podrobně popsáno postavení křesťanů na sklonku Osmanské říše, průběh tragických událostí, k nimž v letech 1914-1923 došlo, stejně jako jejich následky v dalších letech.

Ruská agrese proti Ukrajině

Ruská agrese proti Ukrajině

ŠÍR, Jan - EMLER, David - FJODOROV, Jurij. Ruská agrese proti Ukrajině. 1. vyd. Praha: Univerzita Karlova, nakladatelství Karolinum, 2017. 345 s. ISBN 978-80-246-3711-2.

Ruská agrese proti Ukrajině představuje patrně největší výzvu evropské bezpečnosti od roku 1945. Nejenže ztělesňuje útok na samotné základy systému mezinárodního práva, ale i s novou naléhavostí nastoluje otázku, kam až sahají ofenzivní ambice současného ruského režimu. Předkládaná monografie osvětluje širší pozadí poslední ruské agrese a podává analýzu vývoje na Ukrajině po roce 2014 v souvislosti s aktuálním ozbrojeným konfliktem. Rozebírá jeho hlavní příčiny a zdroje, přibližuje fungování a průběh ruské hybridní válečné kampaně a hodnotí dopady probíhající rusko-ukrajinské války na stávající mezinárodní uspořádání. Monografie si klade za cíl osvětlit širší pozadí poslední ruské agrese a podává analýzu vývoje na Ukrajině po roce 2014 v souvislosti s probíhajícím mezinárodním ozbrojeným konfliktem.

Právní a politický systém Evropské unie

Právní a politický systém Evropské unie

ŠLOSARČÍK, Ivo. Právní a politický systém Evropské unie. 4. vyd. Praha: Wolters Kluwer ČR, 2017. 373 s. ISBN 978-80-7552-534-5.

Kniha mapuje vybrané institutionální a právní aspekty evropské integrace, zejména implementaci Lisabonské smlouvy, dopady krize eurozóny a migrační krize a problémy i liberální demokrace v některých unijních státech.

 

Political Reform in the Ottoman and Russian Empires: A Comparative Approach

Political Reform in the Ottoman and Russian Empires: A Comparative Approach

BRISKU, Adrian. Political Reform in the Ottoman and Russian Empires: A Comparative Approach. 1st ed. London: Bloomsbury Academic, 2017. 266 s. Europe’s Legacy in the Modern World. ISBN 978-1-4742-3856-4.

This book offers a historical comparison and contrast of the concepts of reform that developed in the Ottoman and Russian Empires during the nineteenth century. It comprehensively focuses on individual, yet interconnected, accounts of the efforts of key reform figures in both empires during that period and efforts made by the two imperial states to renew themselves. Employing a combined methodology that takes into account insights from the 'Cambridge School' Speech-Act Theory and Reinhart Koselleck's Begriffsgechischte, this book builds upon existing historical literature, on imperial Russian and Ottoman historiographical texts on reform, and on the biographies of key reformists in both countries, including Tsars Alexander I and Alexander II, and on Russian and Turkish statesmen like Mikhail Speransky, Reshid Pasha and Midhad Pasha. It relies, crucially, on con(textual) readings of the thoughts and deeds of those figures. The historical concepts of reform served as key links between the Russian and Ottoman polities in the wider context of geopolitical, economic and cultural/intellectual developments and the changes on the European continent during the nineteenth century. The book argues that unlike in the previous centuries, reform manifested itself in both empires in the forging of new, permanent laws and institutions, in the opening up of their economies to the outside world and in joining and remaining in the European political community of imperial states. The book offers insightful historical examples of the fate of multi-national and supranational polities that sought to reform themselves constitutionally, politically and economically under internal and external pressures.

Prezidentství Baracka Obamy: naplněné vize?

Prezidentství Baracka Obamy: naplněné vize?

FIŘTOVÁ, Magdalena - HORNÁT, Jan - SEHNÁLKOVÁ, Jana. Prezidentství Baracka Obamy: naplněné vize?. 1. vyd. Praha: Univerzita Karlova, nakladatelství Karolinum, 2017. 353 s. ISBN 978-80-246-3557-6.

Vdechnul Barack Obama v úřadu prezidenta Spojených států amerických (2009-2017) život svým vizím? Stal se tím, na koho aspiroval, tedy transformačním prezidentem, který vleje do žil frustrované americké společnosti čerstvou krev a naplní tím její potřebu nalézt novou definici amerického postavení ve světě? Na konci prezidentského mandátu je vhodný čas zhodnotit, zdali očekávání změny, která Barack Obama vzbudil u amerických voličů a světové veřejnosti, byla naplněna. Kniha nabízí pohled "zvenku", tedy z pera českých amerikanistů, "dovnitř" palčivých společenských problémů, které tíží Američany, a předkládá i výklad zahraničně-politického angažmá USA. V kontextu rychle se proměňujícího, mnohdy až chaotického současného světa, transatlantické vztahy zůstávají klíčovým pilířem zahraniční i bezpečnostní politiky České republiky. Navzdory krátkodobému hodnocení prezidenta Obamy, jenž může a jistojistě bude předmětem revizí, snaha přenést do českého prostředí barvitou americkou diskusi o směru, kterým se USA v současnosti ubírají, může být užitečná pro všechny, kteří se zajímají o "dějiny přítomnosti", protože věříme, že jejich znalost pomáhá ovlivňovat jejich budoucí vývoj.

Východ : vznik, vývoj a rozpad sovětského bloku 1944-1989

Východ

VYKOUKAL, Jiří - LITERA, Bohuslav - TEJCHMAN, Miroslav. Východ : vznik, vývoj a rozpad sovětského bloku 1944-1989. 2. vyd. Praha: Libri, 2017. 863 s. ISBN 978-80-7277-561-3.

Práce se věnuje základním trendům vývoje sovětských systémů v zemích středo- a jihovýchodní Evropy od sovětizace přes destalinizační intermezzo, stabilizaci 70. let až po důsledky zahájení politiky přestavby a rozpad jednotlivých komunistických režimů a bloku jako celku.

Kdo vládne Česku? : poloprezidentský režim, přímá volba a pravidla hry

Kdo vládne v Česklu?

BRUNCLÍK, Miloš - KUBÁT, Michal. Kdo vládne Česku? : poloprezidentský režim, přímá volba a pravidla hry. 1. vyd. Brno: Barrister & Principal, 2017. 143 s. ISBN 978-80-7485-122-3.

Kniha nabízí systematický rozbor českého demokratického režimu po zavedení přímé a všeobecné volby prezidenta v roce 2012. Autoři současný stav konfrontují s různými koncepcemi poloprezidencialismu, přičemž nabízejí vlastní definici a ptají se, zda se Česká republika v posledních letech posunula k poloprezidencialismu, nebo zda zůstává i nadále parlamentním režimem. Zvláštní pozornost je věnována otázce postavení prezidentů v české politice a společnosti se zaměřením na působení prvního přímo a všeobecně zvoleného prezidenta Miloše Zemana. Autoři docházejí k jednoznačnému závěru, že Česká republika zůstává parlamentním režimem, byť značně deformovaným a špatně fungujícím. Podrobně jsou rozebrány příčiny a následky tohoto stavu. Prezident Zeman v tom všem hraje důležitou a problematickou roli.

Unrecognized States and Secession in the 21st Century

Unrecognized States and Secession in the 21st Century

RIEGL, Martin - DOBOŠ, Bohumil - BEČKA, Jan. Unrecognized States and Secession in the 21st Century. 1st ed. Cham: Springer International Publishing, 2017. 225 s. ISBN 978-3-319-56912-3. DOI 10.1007/978-3-319-56913-0.

This book presents novel theoretical and empirical findings on the issue of unrecognized states and secession. The first part of the book conceptualizes unrecognized states as entities with a national identity and which have achieved political independence, yet are not internationally recognized as independent states. It also addresses topics such as the role of superpowers in secessionist conflicts, ontological security in post-Soviet states, and factors influencing the legitimacy of secession referenda. In turn, the book's second part presents selected case studies on various secessionist regions and territories, including Kurdistan, the Caucasus, Kosovo, and Bougainville.

Promoting National Priorities in EU Foreign Policy: The Czech Republic's Foreign Policy in the EU

 

Promoting National Priorities in EU Foreign Policy: The Czech Republic's Foreign Policy in the EU

WEISS, Tomáš. Promoting National Priorities in EU Foreign Policy: The Czech Republic's Foreign Policy in the EU. 1st ed. Abingdon: Routledge, 2017. 139 s. Routledge Advances in European Politics. ISBN 978-1-138-21552-8. DOI 10.4324/9781315443843.

This book offers a cross-policy comparison of the methods used by the Czech Republic's representatives in the European Council to influence EU decision making. It focuses on four areas of EU foreign policy and external relations, namely the Common Security and Defence Policy, the promotion of democracy and human rights, the European Neighbourhood Policy, and foreign trade. It applies a categorisation developed in the academic literature on lobbying to analyse the behaviour of the Czech Republic's representatives. The research is based on a survey of Czech representatives to Brussels and a detailed case study in each of the four policy areas. It relies on more than 50 semi-structured interviews with policy makers in Prague and Brussels. It maps the methods that are available to a small member state to advance its interests and evaluates the Czech Republic's success in that regard. In so doing, it contributes to two strands in the literature of EU studies, Europeanisation and small states. The book suggests that the scholarship on lobbying in general offers useful tools for analysing small states' performance in the EU. It also concludes that while there is evidence that Czechia is learning how to behave in the EU and its behaviour is becoming Europeanised, the instability of its national politics and administration is undermining its ability to promote its national interests in Brussels

Německo bez jádra? SRN na cestě k odklonu od jaderné energie (IN CZECH, TRANS: GERMANY WITHOUT A CORE? THE FEDERAL REPUBLIC OF GERMANY ON ITS WAY TO DEVIATION FROM NUCLEAR POWER)

nem

Nigrin, Tomáš - Landa, Martin - Svobodová, Tereza et al. 156 pg. Karolinum, 2016 ISBN 9788024631868

The monograph Germany without a Core? represents an exceptional view of the nuclear power industry in the Czech Republic. It doesn't perceive it purely as a technical issue that lies only in the competence of engineers and technicians, but as one of the key political and social themes of the last decades. The authors advocate the Angels Merkel's decision to end the operation of nuclear power plants in a wider context, they have been following the development of the issue since the beginning of the civilian use of nuclear power in Germany, and are dealing with a number of current issues, such as the motives for the decision to leave the core, the reaction of the German public, power plants as well as the topic of the radioactive material and its subsequent storage.

The publication presents the theme of the nuclear energy use in context and should therefore not be missing in the bookcase of those interested in the social issues related to issues of the energy economy, but thanks to its cross-cutting character it is also intended for those interested in the modern history of Germany.

Cesta na výsluní. Zahraniční politika Sovětského svazu 1917 - 1945(IN CZECH, TRANS.: THE WAY TO THE TOP. FOREIGN POLICY OF THE SOVIET UNION 1917 - 1945)

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Litera, Bohuslav 320 pg. Dokořán, 2016 ISBN 978-80-7363-719-4.

Even though Soviet Russia emerged as a winner from the Civil War of 1917-1920, it was almost completely diplomatically isolated. Two decades later, during World War II, Stalin acted as an equal partner with the most powerful statesmen of the world, with Roosevelt and Churchill. How did such a rise in power take place? The book The Way to the Top analyzes the main direction of the foreign policy of the Soviet Union in 1917-1945, including its sudden but fundamental turnovers. Soviet politics have always been driven to provide Moscow with space for achieving its security, territorial and economic interests. Increased attention is paid here to the Czechoslovak-Soviet and Polish-Soviet relations, because the Polish question has become one of the sources of the post-war Cold War.

Minderheiten im sozialistischen Jugoslawien: Brüderlichkeit und Eigenheit

Králová, Kateřina; Kocian, Jiří; Pikal, Kamil 418 stran Peter Lang Vlg., 2016 ISBN: 978-3-631-67026-2

Dieses Buch bietet einen umfassenden Einblick in die Politik des jugoslawischen Staates gegenüber seinen 15 wichtigsten, offiziell anerkannten, ethnischen Minderheiten. Das bunte ethnische Mosaik, welches Jugoslawien im 20. Jahrhundert gekennzeichnet hat, weckte seit jeher das Interesse der Geistes- und Sozialwissenschaft. Mit ihm ging stets die Frage einher, ob und wie ein Staat mit derartigen Voraussetzungen funktionierend und effektiv gestaltet werden könne. Die Autorinnen und Autoren werfen in ihren Fallstudien dabei eine Reihe von Themenfeldern auf, welche die Relevanz der behandelten Minderheitensituation nicht nur für das Verständnis der Geschichte des sozialistischen Jugoslawien, sondern auch von multiethnischen Staaten insgesamt verdeutlichen.

Irsko a krize : politika a ekonomika Irské republiky v letech 2008-2014 a jejich evropské souvislosti (IN CZECH, TRANS: IRELAND AND THE CRISIS: POLITICS AND ECONOMICS OF THE IRISH REPUBLIC IN 2008- 2014 AND THEIR EUROPEAN CONTEXT)

irsko

Šlosarčík, Ivo 138 pg. Karolinum, 2015 ISBN 9788024631516

In the last decade, the Republic of Ireland has not only been through an economic crisis, but the Irish political scene and the relations between Ireland and the European Union have also had to deal with serious turbulences. At the same time, behind the border of the Republic of Ireland, the situation in Northern Ireland was gradually calming, but there was a continuing threat of returning to instability, which had been haunting the region for many decades. The book by Ivo Šlosarčík Ireland and the Crisis. Politics and Economy of the Republic of Ireland in 2008-2014 and their European context provides an overview of the roots and development of the four (economic, political, integration and North Irish) Irish crises and outlines the role of the European Union in dealing with them

Národnostní menšiny v socialistické Jugoslávii (IN CZECH, TRANS: NATIONAL MINORITIES IN SOCIALIST YUGOSLAVIA)

Národnostní menšiny v socialistické Jugoslávii

Králová, Kateřina; Kocian, Jiří; Pikal, Kamil 223 pp. Sokolov: Flaiva Viera, 2015 ISBN: 978-80-904954-3-2

Narativi o identitetu. Izabrane studije o crnogorskoj istoriji

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Šístek, František 392 pg. Podgorica: Matica crnogorska, 2015. ISBN 978-86-84013-79-0

The book presents a set of several more extensive studies dealing with narratives about the identity (especially national and religious) and the instrumentalisation of history in Montenegro from the 19th century up to the present time.

Städtepartnerschaften als Instrument der deutsch-französischen Aussöhnung, 1950–2000

Städtepartnerschaften als Instrument der deutsch-französischen Aussöhnung, 1950–2000

Filipová, Lucie 409 stran Vandenhoeck & Ruprecht, 2015 ISBN: 978-3-525-10139-1

Theorie und Praxis undemokratischer Regime: Theoretische Verortung und Fallbeispiele

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Balík, Stanislav; Kubát, Michal 187 stran Barbara Budrich, 2015 ISBN: 978-3847407287

Wie arbeiten undemokratische Regime? Die Autoren geben einen Überblick über totalitäre und autoritäre Regimen (sowie Mischformen) und stellen anhand Fallstudien die Funktionsweise derartiger Regime dar. Die Autoren diskutieren unterschiedliche Hintergründe, Ideologien und Mentalitäten in modernen undemokratischen Regimen. Dabei dienen spezifische Länder als Beispiele für die zuvor eingeführten theoretischen Konzepte. Das Buch ist in acht Hauptkapitel eingeteilt. Im ersten Kapitel geht es um terminologische Probleme in Bezug auf undemokratische Formen der Regierung. In den folgenden Kapiteln wird die Theorie totalitärer und autoritärer Regime dargestellt. Das vierte Kapitel behandelt andere Formen undemokratischer Regime, die nicht der klassischen Zweiteilung von Totalitarismus vs. Autoritarismus entsprechen. Im sechsten Kapitel werden auf der Grundlage der politischen Psychologie Aspekte der autoritären Persönlichkeit und des politischen Führungsverhaltens untersucht. Die letzten beiden Kapitel beschäftigen sich mit den praktischen Fragen der Funktionsweise von undemokratischen Regimen.

Dlouhá cesta k vítězství - dějiny československých exilových organizací (IN CZECH, TRANS.: A LONG WAY TO VICTORY - HISTORY OF THE CZECHOSLOVAK EXILE ORGANIZATIONS)

Raška Dlouhá cesta

Raška, Francis D. 272 pages Academia, 2015 ISBN: 978-11-372-8022-0

The sequel to the author's book Opuštění bojovníci (in Czech, trans.: Abandoned Warriors) on te Czechoslovak exile organizations focuses on the exile activity after 1968 based on personal letters, memorandums to government officials and published journals from archives in the Czech Republic, Italy, the United Kingdom and the United States. How did the Council of Free Czechoslovakia, the Exile Magazines, the Charter 77 Foundation, the Palach Press Agency, and the Czechoslovak Documentation Centre of Independent Literature work? And how did the Czech exile groups cooperate with the Radio Free Europe? The book contains a list of exile publishers and summarizes the contents of interviews with the surviving officials of exile organizations.

Stegnosan ta dakrya mas. Ellines prosfyges stin Tsechoslovakia. Our Tears Dried Up: Greek Refugees in Czechoslovakia

Stegnosan ta dakrya mas. Ellines prosfyges stin Tsechoslovakia. Our Tears Dried Up: Greek Refugees in Czechoslovakia

Králová, Kateřina; Tsivos, Konstantinos 384 stran Athina: Alexandria, 2015 ISBN: 978-960-221-647-7

Newly edited volume on Greek civil war refugees in Czechoslovakia based on about 200 hours of interviews recorded in Czech Republic and beyond creating a master narrative starting from their war memories on Greece up to the Greek crisis (2011) including also a chapter on those who returned to Greece.

Broadcast Policy in the Protectorate of Bohemia and Moravia

broadcast

Pinard, Peter Richard 388 stran Frankfurt am Main, Berlin, Bern, Bruxelles, New York, Oxford, Wien, 2015 ISBN: 978-3-631-66200-7

Hitler’s regime invested heavily into radio as the most modern media of its era. First in Germany, later in Austria and the Sudetenland, Joseph Goebbels motivated his Volksgenossen to become active radio listeners. But what approach did the regime take to the first non-German people occupied – the Czechs? How would Czech Radio’s staff and listeners respond to Nazi-dominated programming? What strategies of defiance and what options for cooperation existed? What role did Nazism’s core theme of anti-Semitism play? Which Czech societal groups did the Nazis try to reach most? This book casts a spotlight on the effects of the occupation authorities’ policies on specific programming content, as well as on radio as a medium in the so-called Protectorate of Bohemia and Moravia.

Ázerbájdžánci Íránu: Identita, společnost a regionální bezpečnost (IN CZECH, TRANS: IRANIAN AZERBAIJANIS: IDENTITY, SOCIETY AND REGIONAL SECURITY)

azerbajdzanci iranu

Kraus Josef, Souleimanov Emil A. 106 pages Auditorium, 2015 ISBN: 978-80-87284-54-4

The monograph deals with the issue of the Azerbaijani community in Iran, the largest ethnic and language-minority in the borders of this Islamic Republic, whose evolution is being explored in the context of the security architecture of the Caspian-Middle-Eastern area. For a closer understanding of this almost unexplored issue in the specialized world literature, the text includes the introduction of the ethnic and religious identity of the Iranian Azerbaijani people, a Turkish-speaking community in which most people are followers of the Shiite branch of Islam. It also focuses on the historical development of this community in Iran, with a special focus on the past two decades, and analyzes the current situation in the region with an emphasis on the emancipation movement of the ethnic Azerbaijanis in Iran. From the international point of view, the text analyzes the key local and extra-regional powers that are important for the security of the Islamic Republic of Iran and their relationship to the Iranian Azerbaijanis and to Iran itself, with particular focus on security issues.

Rozhdeniie derzhavy. Istoriia Sovetskogo Soiuza s 1917 po 1945 god

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Rejman Michail, Litera Bohuslav, Svoboda Karel, Kolenovska Daniela 839 stran Rosspen, 2015 ISBN: 978-5-8243-1934-7

The Individual Disengagement of Avengers, Nationalists, and Jihadists: Why Ex-Militants Choose to Abandon Violence in the North Caucasus

disengagement

Emil A. Souleimanov,Huseyn Aliyev 114 stran Palgrave Macmillan 2014 ISBN 9781137498823

Drawing on a range of hitherto unknown first-hand data, this book is the first of its kind to offer an explanation of the incentives of various types of militants – avengers, nationalists, and jihadists – to abandon violence. Empirically, the monograph problematizes the established view of North Caucasian militants as a monolithic category of 'Islamic terrorists.' 

Theoretically, it points out that distinct types of insurgents are variously resilient to external and internal pressures – such as group membership and social bonds, (in)discriminativeness of violence and hidden identities, ideology and beyond – to individual disengagement. The study posits that stronger adherence to ideology, higher lethality rates and indiscriminativeness of violence, interrupted social links, and stonger group membership renders jihadists, followed by nationalists, and in contrast to avengers, the less likely category of militants to seek individual disengagement.

O komparativní politologii a současné české politice (IN CZECH, TRANS: ABOUT COMPARATIVE POLITICS AND PRESENT CZECH POLICIES)

hgjm

Kubat, Michal - Lebeda, Tomáš et al. 164 pages Karolinum 2014 ISBN 9788024624792

The Czech political scientist and university professor Miroslav Novák celebrated his 60th birthday in 2013, and this is why the representatives of the young and middle generation of Czech political scientists came together in this book to express their respect. Some of them were direct pupils of Miroslav Novák, others not, but all of them remember Novák, some look towards him as a role model, others as an excellent and stimulating political scientist who has greatly influenced the current political politology.

It is a political, non-normative, empirical, comparative, aronian, duvergerian, and sartorian politics book based on the verifiability of facts, their logical and impartial analysis, the finding of causes and consequences of politics, based on the clarified theoretical concepts and concepts, which stand on clear arguments and the correctness of thought. Last but not least, it is also a political science book which seeks to communicate its conclusions, that is to say it aspires to the much needed and, unfortunately, the not always obvious clarity of the interpretation.

Rusko a Kaliningradská oblast – Specifika řešení problematiky exklávy (IN CZECH, TRAN: RUSSIA AND THE KALININGRAD REGION - THE SPECIFICS OF SOLVING THE EXCLAVE PROBLEM)

Kaliningrad

Kadlec, Vladimír 145 stran Sokolov: Flavia Viera 2014 ISBN: 978-80-904954-1-8

Von der Rüstkammer des Reiches zum Maschinenwerk des SozialismusWirtschaftslenkung in Böhmen und Mähren 1938 bis 1953

ruskammer

Balcar,Jaromír - Kučera, Jaroslav 511 stran Vandenhoeck & Ruprecht, 2013 ISBN 978-3-525-37301-9

Zwischen den späten 1930er und den frühen 1950er Jahren durchlief die Wirtschaftsordnung der böhmischen Länder einen Wandel von der Marktwirtschaft zur Zentralplanwirtschaft sowjetischen Typs. Die vorliegende Studie untersucht diesen Transformationsprozess, indem sie den staatlichen Lenkungsanspruch und die wirtschaftliche Ordnungspolitik mit der Perspektive der Unternehmen kombiniert. Auf diese Weise werden nicht nur die Akteure des Wirtschaftslebens in den Blick genommen, sondern erstmals auch die Funktionsweisen der beiden Lenkungssysteme und die jeweils unterschiedlichen Handlungsspielräume der Unternehmen.

Gestützt auf eine breite Quellenbasis, die auch bislang unzugängliche Bestände umfasst, kommen die beiden Autoren sowohl für die NS-Kriegswirtschaft im Protektorat Böhmen und Mähren als auch für den Übergang der Tschechoslowakei zur Planwirtschaft in der Nachkriegszeit zu Ergebnissen, die teilweise Befunde der älteren Forschung korrigieren, teilweise Neuland erschließen.

Izolovaný ostrov Západní Berlín a jeho proměny po stavbě Berlínské zdi (IN CZECH, TRANS: THE ISOLATED ISLAND OF WESTERN BERLIN AND ITS CHANGES AFTER THE CONSTRUCTION OF THE BERLIN WALL)

západní berlín

Nigrin, Tomáš 216 pages Dokořán 2013 ISBN 978-80-7363-573-2

The book focuses on West Berlin before and after the construction of the Berlin Wall in 1961, at the time of the so-called Second Berlin Crisis. The main focus is the city, its population and municipal policy, including Berlin's specific problems. High-power politics during the Cold War and the constant tension between East and West form only the framework and the necessary contextual comprehension of the development in the city. In the end, the construction of the Berlin Wall helped to revive West Berlin and stabilize the economic and social situation, including the consolidation of its bonds to the Federal Republic of Germany. The struggle for a free and prosperous West Berlin was led by the mayor in the time of the crisis, Willy Brandt, who was able to move his career forward to the Chancellor's post also thanks to his successes in Berlin. This monograph was created within the system of support of faculty monographs of the Faculty of Social Sciences, Charles University in Prague.

Perestrojka, pobaltské republiky a Československo 1988-1991 (IN CZECH, TRANS: PERESROIKA, BALTIC REPUBLICS AND CZECHOSLOVAKIA 1988-1991)

operestrojka

Švec Luboš 391 pages Dokořán 2013 ISBN 987-80-7363-564-0

The publication of the Relationship Triangle between the Soviet Union, the Baltic States and Czechoslovakia in 1988-1991 questions the analogy and asymmetry of the democratization and emancipation processes related to the crisis of the Soviet external and internal empire. It concentrates on one of the contradictions and conflicts that have affected the course of perestroika, the conflict between the three Baltic Republics and the union centre, and how the Czechoslovak society perceived it. The perception of the Baltic issue was related to the attitude of the changing leadership of the state and society, not only to the Baltic revolution, but also to Gorbachev's perestroika, the dismantling of the communist system and the subsequent collapse of the Soviet Union.

Understanding Ethnopolitical Conflict: Karabakh, South Ossetia, and Abkhazia Wars Reconsidered

understanding

Emil A. Souleimanov 264 stran Palgrave Macmillan 2013 ISBN 9781137280220

This book seeks to explore the relevance of major theoretical and methodological approaches currently dominating the field of ethnic conflict and civil war research, testing their efficacy by applying them to three major South Caucasus conflicts of the late 1980s and early 1990s.

Souleimanov explores the causes and dynamics of ethnic conflict and civil war, distinguishing between onset-based and process-based theories. He introduces a scheme of periodization which links the phase of low-scale inter-ethnic violence with the phase of sustainable organized violence, asserting the crucial importance of elites and their use of opportunity in power asymmetry as a key factor in instigating full-scale civil war.

As a merger of theoretical and empiricist approaches, this book focuses on the case-specific contextual richness of the local conflicts in Karabakh, Abkhazia, and South Ossetia to draw solid theoretical conclusions as well as providing suggestions for the improvement of current theories.

Instituce Evropské unie a Lisabonská smlouva (IN CZECH, TRANS: INSTITUTIONS OF THE EUROPEAN UNION AND THE LISBON TREATY)

instituce

Ivo Šlosarčík, Zuzana Kasáková et al. 248 pages Grada 2013 ISBN 978-80-247-3567-2

The book Institutions of the European Union and the Treaty of Lisbon, prepared by the author of the Department of Western European Studies at the Faculty of Social Sciences, Charles University in Prague, analyzes the perspectives of the new institutional changes of the European Union after the adoption of the Treaty of Lisbon. The authors aim to assess the implications of institutional reform, its failure and answer the question whether the post-Lisbon European Union will be able to concentrate on the content of its activities instead of other institutional changes.

Vyschly nám slzy… :Řečtí uprchlíci v Československu (IN CZECH, TRANS: OUR TEARS HAVE DRIED OUT ...: THE GREEK REFUGEES IN CZECHOSLOVAKIA)

Vyschly nám slzy… :Řečtí uprchlíci v Československu

Kateřina Králová, Konstantinos Tsivos et al. 336 pages Dokořán, 2013 ISBN 978-80-7363-416-2

At the turn of the 1940s and 1950s, approximately twelve thousand refugees affected by the civil war came from Greece to Czechoslovakia. They thought it was only a temporary stay. However, the temporary shelter soon became their second home. A richly illustrated book by a team of junior researchers led by leading Czech experts in the history of Greece, Kateřina Králova and Konstantinos Tsivos, analyzes personal testimonies of five dozen witnesses of three generations. This first collective monograph on this subject is pioneering in its concept and analysis. In the historical introduction and twelve thematic studies, it deals with their attitudes to occupation or civil war. On the basis of intriguing interviews, it depicts the emigration and the children's destinies, but also the process of integration or the effort to preserve one's identity. The book focuses not only on the field of history, but also reflects how individuals perceive themselves, the role they ascribe to themselves and their surroundings in the historical process, and how their experience fits into the wider social context.

Nepokradeš!: Nálady a postoje slovenské společnosti k židovské otázce, 1938-1945 (IN CZECH, TRANS: THOU SHALT NOT STEAL!: MOODS AND APPROACHES OF THE SLOVAK SOCIETY TO THE JEWISH QUESTION, 1938-1945)

nepokradeš

Hana Kubátová 268 pages Academia, 2013 ISBN 978-80-200-2230-1

The book discusses the moods and attitudes of the majority Slovak population to the Jewish question in the years 1938-1945. In her analysis, the author focuses primarily on the economic and social aspects of the so-called solution of the Jewish question in Slovakia. It examines the Slovak society's involvement in the economic and social exclusion of the Jews, in the context of a wide range of public responses to the anti-Jewish state politics, from complicity, apathy and lack of interest in the destiny of the Jews to active assistance to the Jewish fellow citizens.

Současná česká politika: Co s neefektivním režimem? (IN CZECH, TRANS: CURRENT CZECH POLICY: WHAT TO DO WITH THE INEFFICIENT REGIME?)

současná česká politika

Michal Kubát 120 pages Barrister & Principal 2013 ISBN 978807474860

The book offers a systematic view of the contemporary Czech parliamentary regime. It explains both the theoretical and practical context of its operation. The Czech Republic is ripe for a reform of its democratic regime. Czech parliamentarism is damaged and it does not work how it could and should work. Its reform is therefore utmost needed and should be carried out. The ambition of the book is to propose a solution which would bring about the correction of Czech parliamentarism.

Francouzi a Němci na cestě ke sblížení: Partnerství měst a obcí (1950-2000) (IN CZECH, TRANS: FRENCH AND GERMANS MOVING TOWARDS RAPPROCHEMENT: PARTNERSHIPS OF TOWNS AND MUNICIPALITIES (1950-2000))

FR a NEM

Lucie Filipová 456 pages Academia, 2013 ISBN 978-80-200-2217-2

The book French and Germans Moving towards Rapprochement is the first Czech monograph to illustrate the development of the French-German relations in the years 1950-2000. It is largely based on original research. Lucie Filipová looks at this subject in line with the "bottom-up" concept, which shows that not only the political, economic and cultural elites have contributed to the long-term cooperation between France and Germany, but also to the involvement of several million ordinary citizens. The book illustrates this in particular by an example of partnerships of towns or smaller municipalities. These partnerships are in the French-German case specific by their overall number (over two thousand cases in 2000), the diversity of joint activities and the peace potential that has been associated with them from the very outset and thanks to which these partnerships play an undeniable model role in Europe and beyond. The book is intended both for those interested in relations between the two main actors of contemporary European politics and for those who deal with foreign activities of municipalities and towns. In many ways, it can also be inspiring to interpret Czech-German relations.

Mezi masovou a kartelovou stranou: Možnosti teorie při výkladu vývoje ČSSD a KSČM v letech 2000–2010 (IN CZECH, TRAN: BETWEEN A MASS AND CARTEL PARTY: THEORY POSSIBILITIES IN THE CONTEXT OF THE ČSSD AND KSČM DEVELOPMENT IN 2000-2010)

kartel

Polášek Martin, Novotný Vílém, Perottino Michel et al. 190 pages SLON 2012 ISBN 978-80-7419-094-0

This work deals with the development of the ČSSD (the Czech Social Democratic Party) and KSČM (The Communist Party of Bohemia and Moravia) in the first decade of the 21st century (2000-2010), with more attention devoted to the second half of this period. The authors look for answers to two basic questions. Firstly, how the ČSSD and the KSČM have changed over the past decade, what organizational characteristics we can speak about in relation to them and how we can classify them as a result of these characteristics. Secondly, how the observed change can be explained, what its more general and immediate causes were and what the actual course and timing were. The instrument of classification and explanation were the cartel party theory (Katz, Mair) and the three streams theory, or more precisely the multi-stream theory (Kingdon, Zahariadis). How did political marketing transform the internal functioning of the ČSSD? How did the ČSSD Modernization Project make this party become modern? Was the ČSSD policy a problem of aesthetics or content? Is there one explanation for the internal transformation of the ČSSD and the policy it has implemented? Who does anti-Communism actually target against? Is there any reason why the KSČM should be transformed? Is the KSČM really undemocratic? Are the public policies the work of political parties?

Dopady krize v euroatlantickém prostoru (IN CZECH, TRANS: IMPACTS OF THE CRISIS IN THE EURO-ATLANTIC AREA)

dopady krize

Kryštof Kozák, Tomáš Weiss, Helena Schukzová et al. 296 pages Dokořán, 2012 ISBN 978-80-7363-444-5 978-80-7363-444-5

Was the financial crisis merely a transient failure of the banking institutions, or was it a key divide with major societal impacts? The book Impacts of the crisis in the Euro-Atlantic area analyzes in detail the consequences of the financial crisis in the United States and Europe. Individual case studies of experts from the Institute of International Studies at FSV UK investigate the issue at the level of international politics and national policies. Their authors ask how far the states and international organizations in the transatlantic space have been able to use the crisis as an opportunity for structural reform and to what extent the crisis has only worsened and deepened the existing problems. The book brings new insights into highly current issues and is suitable for both the professional and non-professional public.

The long road to victory: A history of Czechoslovak exile organizations

road to victory

RAŠKA, Francis 251 stran East European Monographs 2012 ISBN 978-0-88033-706-9

This monograph sheds light on the most important Czechoslovak exile organizations and their activities between 1968 and 1989. Activities of the older exiles are compared and contrasted with those of the post-1968 exiles. In particular, the Council of Free Czechoslovakia and its reunification under Mojmír Povolný in 1974 is analyzed as is the Listy Group founded by Jiří Pelikán in 1971. Pavel Tigrid's journal 'Svědectví' is scrutinized in detail as are Jan Kavan's Palach Press Agency, František Janouch's Charta 77 Foundation, and the Czechoslovak Desk at Radio Free Europe. Individual exile publishing houses are mentioned too. The volume also contains the personal testimonies of a number of key exile personalities.

Nesplacená minulost: Řecko-německé vztahy ve stínu nacismu (IN CZECH, TRANS: UNPAID PAST: GREEK-GERMAN RELATIONS IN THE SHADOW OF NACISM)

Nesplacená minulost: Řecko-německé vztahy ve stínu nacismu

Králová, Kateřina 286 pages, Karolinum, 2012 ISBN 978-80-246-2010-7

The Book Unpaid Past: Greek-German Relations in the Shadow of Nazism introduces the reader to the little-scrutinized issue of Greek-German relations in the aftermath of the Second World War. A richly illustrated historical study by the leading Czech expert on Modern History of Greece, Kateřina Králová, is the first ever comprehensive monograph on this subject. It focuses mainly on how the Greek society has dealt with the legacy of the Nazi occupation, especially with the question of punishing war crimes. The themes are explored from a political, socio-cultural, economic and legal perspective. At the same time, the book emphasizes that, even in this case, economic interests have played a key role. The ongoing legal disputes between the Greek victims of Nazism and the federal government also show that the topic is still alive. Moreover, the monograph extends beyond the dimension of the Greek-German relations and is, by its very nature, applicable to the experience of other states similarly affected by the Nazi occupation.

Teorie a praxe nedemokratických režimů (In CZECH, TRANS: THEORY AND PRACTICE OF UNDEMOCRATIC REGIMES)

nedemokratických režimů

Stanislav Balík, Michal Kubát 216 pages Dokořán, 2012 ISBN 978-80-7363-266-3

The topic of undemocratic regimes is nothing new in political science. For nearly one century it has been one of the disciplines to which considerable intellectual effort has been devoted. The reason is obvious - throughout the 20th century and even in these days, undemocratic regimes of various types prevailed and are still prevailing over democratic regimes. Democracy is more of a peculiarity, and the bulk of the world's population lives in regimes that are more or less distant from real democracy. The Book Theory and Practice of Undemocratic Regimes collectively mediates the results of political research of modern undemocratic regimes. The authors deal with both the political theory of all the major types of undemocratic regimes and their practical functioning, which is illustrated on a number of specific demonstrations of undemocracies from different parts of the world of the 20th century and of the present time (Nazi Germany, Soviet Russia, Mao China, Pol Pot Cambodia, Salazar's Portugal, Gaddafi Libya, Kaddár Hungary and People's Republic of Poland).

Výtvarné avantgardy 20. století 1900 - 1945 (IN CZECH, TRANS: THE ARTISTIC AVANT- GARDE OF THE 20TH CENTURY 1900 - 1945)

avantgardy

Anita Pelánová 146 pages Karolinum, 2010 ISBN 978-80-246-1783-1

The publication focuses on the disruptions and reflections of 20th century art. Unlike the history of artwork, it comes with a new look on the subject. Instead of dealing with a detailed analysis of individual artistic directions, it looks at the time and its specifics in the eyes of the painters of this epoch. It depicts changes in the painting optics with regard to the discoveries and development of natural sciences, psychology and noetics. At the same time, it refers to specific scientific discoveries and their implications for seemingly distant problems of art and the visual perception of the world. The term "avant-garde" is not conceived in the usual sense in terms of a left-wing revolt in the artistic environment, but as what seemed as most progressive and up-to-date in the art scene at the given moment. Descriptions of individual artistic directions are interpolated with selected quotations from texts by prominent authors and analyzes of typical works of art with links to internet photojournalists.

Political Opposition in Theory and Central European Practice

oposition

Michal Kubát 193 stran Peter Lang Publishing Group 2010 ISBN 978-3-631-59181-9

This book offers interpretations of different forms of political opposition in political theory and also in the contemporary development of politics and government in Central Europe. The problem is analyzed through a comparative approach. The first part of the book targets the question of definitions and typologies of political opposition, above all, in democratic, but partly also in non-democratic regimes. The second part deals with the question of models of political opposition in Central Europe after the fall of communism in the late twentieth century and in the present.

Politická opozice v teorii a středoevropské praxi (vybrané otázky) (IN CZECH, POLITICAL OPPOSITION IN THEORY AND CENTRAL EUROPEAN PRACTICE (selected mages))

politická teorie

Michal Kubát 193 stran Peter Lang Publishing Group 2010 ISBN 978-3-631-59181-9

The Book Political Opposition in Theory and Central European Practice is a systematic elaboration of an important phenomenon of modern politics, which is political opposition, both from the point of view of political theory and political practice. It aims to analyze the problems in terms of the development and modification of the existing theories, while the ambition of the book is to complement the existing theory with its own analytical observations, which are, at times, of a polemical nature. The text also applies the analyzed theories to the political practice of the Central European countries. The author presents the most important existing approaches and concepts of the political opposition, filling the information gap that exists in Czech political science.