Socjologia czeska, a wojna (przekład z języka czeskiego Joanna Ewa Marek)

Zdeněk R. Nešpor


The article is devoted to the problem of war as surveyed in the Czech sociology and to the significance of the experience of the war for the Czech science. Before the World War II, the topic in question was on the margin of main interests of Czech Scholars, and the situation did not even improve after the war. When the World War II had begun, many high schools were closed, but a lot of sociologists were able to continue their work. A special attention must be payed to the work of young scholars representing Masaryk (later renamed as “Czech”) Sociological Association, who would rather pretend to make research than really perform the scientific work. Sociologists — workers of the State Statistical Office were still active. Nevertheless, both the quantity and quality of the works published then was poor, to say the least of it.

After the World War II, sociology was perceived as a socially prestigious discipline, which bore some fruits in the period when the institutions began to flourish, but did not add up to a deeper analysis of the experience of the war and occupation. Be this as it may, the time was scarce, because after the communist revolt in 1948 the period of Stalinisation began.

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