Trust in the Church Hierarchy among the Underground Church Community in Post-1968 Slovakia

Šústová Drelová, Agáta

In the post-1968 era, trust in the official hierarchy among the catholic faithful was far from guaranteed. With the church hierarchy under tight state control and effectively existing on two levels—officially and “underground”—the levels of trust fluctuated and its character changed. Trust was constructed, challenged and negotiated.

Building and Testing Trust Within a Socialist Dictatorship: The Case of Czechoslovak Experts in Africa Pre- and Post-1968

Buzássyová, Barbora

This article explores the foundations of trust between Czechoslovak state bodies and experts selected for foreign service in Africa. The focus is on the means through which this trust was challenged during long periods of separation from socialist ways of life, ways which were reinvented after the systemic political changeover in Czechoslovak administration after August 1968.

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O svetlých stránkach socializmu

V slovenskej spoločnosti desaťročia prežíva nostalgia za obdobím pred rokom 1989. Zmierlivejší pohľad na “socík” sa čoraz častejšie objavuje aj u mladších historikov a to najmä v Českej republike, kde sa na túto tému vedie búrlivá diskusia. Je naozaj dôvod hovoriť o totalitnom komunistickom režime trochu inak, ako tomu bolo doteraz? Alebo do historickej vedy preniká ľavičiarsky revizionizmus a čoskoro budeme na Gustáva Husáka spomínať s rovnakou úctou a obdivom ako na Miladu Horákovú?

Music Samizdat as Zines? The Case of “Ot Vinta” from Soviet Latvia

Daugavietis, Jānis

The conceptual problem this article aims to research is how zines (of the Western or “the first world”) and music samizdat (of socialist countries or “the second world”) should be analysed. Thus far, they have been regarded as separate phenomena; however, do these two forms of underground literature differ so greatly that they should be analysed using different theoretical approaches? The subject of the paper, От Винта (Ot Vinta), is a Russian-language music samizdat from the Latvian Soviet Socialist Republic which was published in the late Soviet period.

Self-publishing and Building Glocal Scenes: Between State Socialism and Neoliberal Capitalism

Michela, Miroslav
Šima, Karel

In this article we introduce the theme of special issue focusing on self-publishing activities In Central and Easter Europe from 1980s to 2000s. The articles presented in this issue offer an interdisciplinary view on the history of independent publishing in both the late socialist and post-socialist periods. We would like to enrich the scholarly debate beyond the dichotomies of communism/capitalism, socialism/post-socialism, East/West and samizdat/fanzine, respectively.

Czech Sci-fi Fanzines in the Era of Late Socialism and Early Post-socialism

Kudláč, Antonín

Fanzines have been among the most significant means of communication for the subculture of fans and “users” of the fantastic arts, so-called sci-fi (SF) fandom, since the birth of the genre. This is also the case in Czechoslovak (later Czech and Slovak) fandom, for which fanzines primarily represented the activities of SF clubs. The community of Czechoslovak fans mostly belonged to the “grey zone” of late socialist society, where fandom members were more or less tolerated.

Why Fanzines? Perspectives, Topics and Limits in Research on Central Eastern Europe

Šima, Karel
Michela, Miroslav

While we strive to develop existing research on fanzines in Central and Eastern Europe (CEE), this article provides an introduction to the discussion about of fanzines and the specific historical contexts of CEE. This thematic issue aims to open a debate about CEE subcultures and alternative-press practices in the context of the relationship between the local and the global in contemporary history.

Od sociálneho radikalizmu k radikálnemu socializmu 1918 - 1920

Benko, Juraj

The study deals with the circumstances of the formation of social protests within the context of the lower classes during the first years after the establishment of Czechoslovakia and with the relationship between social radicalism and radical socialism during this period. On one hand, the author focuses on the social causes of the protests, on the other hand, the ways in which the protests were expressed are analysed.

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