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Pavel Kolář


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


Prof. Kolář is leaving the Institute in Summer 2018 and is not taking any more supervisees.

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

Current seminars at the 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

  • Der Poststalinismus. Ideologie und Utopie einer Epoche, Böhlau-Verlag: Köln 2016.
  • Co byla normalizace? Studie o pozdním socialismu [What was ‘Normalisation’? Essays on Late Socialism], co-authored with Michal Pullmann, Nakladatelství Lidové noviny: Praha 2016.
  • “Disent, sociální práva a neoliberální revoluce” [Dissent, social rights and the neoliberal revolution], In Lidská práva – (ne)smysl české politiky? Edited by Václav Bělohradský and Jiří Přibáň, Praha: SLON, 2015, 215-226.
  • “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.
  • Historische Nationsforschung im geteilten Europa, 1945-1989, co-edited with Miloš Řezník, SH-Verlag: Köln 2012.
  • "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.


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




Tel. [+39] 055 4686 598 / 541

Email [email protected]


Postal address:
Department of History and Civilization
Via Bolognese 156
50139 Florence - Italy


Administrative Assistant: Francesca Parenti

For appointments please contact: Francesca Parenti

Office SACA 107 at Villa Salviati, Castello  

Page last updated on 18 February 2019