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Pavel Kolář


Professor of Comparative and Transnational History of 19th-20th Century Europe


Tel. [+39] 055 4685 598 / 541
Fax [+39] 055 4685 203
Email: Pavel.Kolar@eui.eu

Administrative Assistant  Francesca Parenti

Postal address: Department of History and Civilization | Via Boccaccio 121 | 50133 Florence | Italy

Villa Schifanoia - Office VS 86 - For appointments please contact: Francesca Parenti


Fields of Research

  • Modern History (Germany, Central, South Eastern, Eastern Europe)
  • State Socialism, Comparative History of Dictatorships 
  • History of Physical Violence 
  • Historiography, Remembrance, Narration 
  • Nation-Building, Nationalism
  • Science and Universities in Modern Central Europe


Czech/Slovak, Polish, German, English, Italian, French, Russian, Serbian/Croatian/Bosnian 

Current Seminars at EUI

Current Research Projects

  • Communist Identity after Stalinism 
  • Capital Punishment and the Late Socialist State 
  • "Die Stadt des Bösen": Prague in the Long 20th Century

Selected Recent Publications



  • “Communism in Eastern Europe.” In The Oxford Handbook of the History of Communism. Edited by Steve A. Smith, 203–19. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2014.
  • The Party as a New Utopia: Reshaping Communist Identity after Stalinism, in Social History 37, n. 4 (2012), 402-424.
  • “Historisierung.” In Zeitgeschichte: Konzepte und Methoden. Edited by Frank Bösch and Jürgen Danyel, 131–43. Göttingen: Vandenhoeck & Ruprecht, 2012.
  • Kommunistische Identitäten im Streit. Politisierung und Herrschaftslegitimation in den kommunistischen Parteien in Ostmitteleuropa nach dem Stalinismus, in Zeitschrift für Ostmitteleuropa-Forschung 60, 2011, pp. 232-266.
  • Rewriting National History in Post-War Central Europe: Marxist Syntheses of Austrian and Czechoslovak History as New National Master-Narratives, in S. Berger/Ch. Lorenz (eds), Nationalizing the Past. Historians as Nation Builders in Modern Europe, Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, pp. 319-340.


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