Muriel Blaive

Advisor to the Director, in Charge of Research and Methodology, Institute for the Study of Totalitarian Regimes, Prague

EURIAS Visiting Fellow
(June 2018 – March 2019)


Dealing with the Communist Past or Rewriting the Post-Communist Future? History, Memory and Methodology in the Czech Republic Since 1989

This project deals with history writing, memory and methodology and originated in the discrepancy between the historical narrative derived from primary sources (communist party archives; secret police archives) and that of the historiography on communist Czechoslovakia. Deciphering those agendas and deconstructing how they have affected the construction of a collective memory of communism in the Czech Republic is the topic of this research. Thanks to a historical and epistemological approach, this project will thematize the difference in the Czech public sphere between memory and commemoration, research and activism, history and politics.

Previous stays at the IWM:
2004, Körber Junior Visiting Fellow


Perceptions of Society in Communist Europe: Regime Archives and Popular Opinion

Drawing on archival sources from Czechoslovakia, Poland, East Germany, Romania and Bulgaria, Perceptions of Society in Communist Europe considers whether and to what extent communist regimes cared about popular opinion, how they obtained their information, and how it helped them implement and maintain their rule. Contrary to popular belief, communist regimes sought to legitimise their …
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The Czechs and their Communism, Past and Present

One must first know one’s past well to be able to reflect on it or adjust to it. Not only is today’s Czech Republic lacking the means to get to know its own past well, there is no political or social consensus for it to even start doing so. In fact, a political scientist has …
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Tchèques, Allemands, Autrichiens: la gestion d’un passé douloureux

Commentaire sur Jacques Rupnik, “Das andere Mitteleuropa: Die neuen Populismen und die Politik mit der Vergangenheit” (Transit 23) L’article «L’autre Europe centrale» présente un tableau en apparence très noir de la situation politique dans cette région. Mais le risque de nouveaux populismes est-il si prégnant ? La véritable crainte de tout un courant intellectuel français …
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