Learning from Small Nations
Leading scholar of national questions discusses his personal trajectory and theoretical development, against the backdrop of the Czech experience. Sociological and historical roots of national feeling, and comparative perspectives on their European destinies.
Autographs and Images: Snapshots of Berlin and Prague
“The changing visual environment of formerly Communist countries, in flux under the pressures of capitalist enterprise and economic chaos, is so provisional, its elements apparently so unwarranted, that it raises many questions in the mind of any visitor from the West. This essay is about some of those . . .” read more
The Fight for a Socialist Democracy in Czechoslovakia
“From 1968, when you were the first person to be tried and sentenced after the Soviet invasion, right up to the present, when you were one of the last to be released from prison in November 1989, you have always sought to combine a militant defence of human . . .” read more
The Workers Councils: the Second Prague Spring
“Although a great deal has been written and spoken about the Prague Spring, it has tended to focus on politics in the narrow sense of the term (democratic freedoms, relations with the Soviet Union, flags, tanks and blood) rather than on what François Châtelet has called ‘the political’—that . . .” read more
The Struggle for Socialism in Czechoslovakia
“We would like to begin by asking something about the period in which you first became politically active, just before World War Two. We understand that you joined an anti-fascist organization in 1937, while still at school, and became a member of the Czech Communist Party in 1939. . . .” read more
Czechoslovakia: The Dialectic of the 'Reforms'
“‘Lenin awake, Brezhnev has gone mad!’ This inscription on the walls of Prague during the first days of the occupation reveals the caricatural truth of the Russian invasion of Czechoslovakia. Anti-communism, scenting an unexpected advantage, at once whipped up the invasion hysterically into a Russian Vietnam. The clouded, . . .” read more
The Prague Student Strike
“On Thursday November 21st, at noon, students of Prague and elsewhere left the premises they had been occupying for four days, or in some cases longer. This action was the focus of a nation-wide ferment of resistance to policies of collaboration with the invader. A new phase of . . .” read more