The Political and Democratic Theories of the Czech and Slovak Dissent in the 1970s and 1980s

Project No.: 1291/03/03
Duration of the project: from 01/2016 to 12/2018
The intended study aims to contribute to research on the history of Czech and Slovak political ideas in general and of democratic theories of Czech and Slovak dissent in particular. After the abolition of the Prague spring in August 1968, until the velvet revolution in November 1989, as it was in all states of the former East-block, as well in Czechoslovakia it was impossible to express independent political thought in public. But dissidents like Milan Šimečka, Miroslav Kusý, Petr Uhl, Egon Bondy and Peter Pithart did not hesitate to formulate political theories in spite of all negative reaction from the communist state. The theories of the dissidents, which so far did not attracted much interest in German, English neither in Czech and Slovak literature, are the answer to the challenges of the time they lived in. They Theories contain the three classical operations of political theories: First, statements about political facts. Second, statements about causalities, combined with predictions about what will be. Third, conclusions about desirable developments.