After Utopia

Czechoslovak Normalization between Experiment and Experience, 1968–1989

Bad Wiesseer Tagungen des Collegium Carolinum, Bd. 41

Vandenhoeck & Ruprecht, Göttingen 2022, VI u. 406 S., mit 11 Abb., geb.
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ISBN: 978-3-525-33614-4

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Über das Buch

Proceedings of the Annual Conference of Collegium Carolinum Pelham, 8–11 November 2018

Edited by Christiane Brenner, Michal Pullmann, and Anja Tippner

The Husák government that came into power after the suppression of the Prague Spring formulated the goal of restoring "normality" in Czechoslovakia. It revoked prior reforms and initiated widespread "cleansing measures" and repression. Most notably, however, it lacked a clear vision for the future. The contributions in this volume show that the 1970s and 1980s were nevertheless not a time of complete stagnation. Efforts at restoration and modernization frequently existed simultaneously and counteractively. The essays discuss this contradictoriness and the often invisible dynamics of the normalization period exemplarily. A further key topic is the normalization’s echo in literature, remembrance culture, and historiography.

Die Herausgeber

  • Dr. Christiane Brenner, Researcher, Collegium Carolinum, Research Institute for the History of the Czech Lands and Slovakia
  • Doc. PhDr. Michal Pullmann, Ph. D., Dean of the Faculty of Arts, Charles University, Prague; Head of the Institute of Economic and Social History, Faculty of Arts, Charles University
  • Prof. Dr. Anja Tippner, Slavic Studies, University of Hamburg