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Kvaček Robert

Prof., PhDr., CSc.
Born July 5, 1932 in Dvorce

  • Member of Learned Society since 2004 

Educational and professional preparation: 

  • 1951, graduate academic secondary school, Jičín; 
  • 1951-1956, Faculty of Philosophy, Charles University (FP CU); 
  • 1965, CSc., FP CU; 
  • 1967, PhDr., FP CU; 
  • 1966, Associate Professor in Czechoslovak history; 
  • 1990, Full Professor in Czechoslovak and Czech history, FP CU 

Employment and academic positions: 

  • 1956-1959, assistant lecturer, FP CU; 1959-1967, lecturer, PF CU; 
  • 1967-1990, Associate Professor, PF CU; 
  • 1990-2002, Professor, PF CU; 
  • 2002-present, External Professor, PF CU; 
  • 1998-present, Professor, Pedagogical Faculty, Technical University (PF TU) in Liberec (part time) 

Membership in selected domestic scientific bodies: 

  • 1990-1996, Member, Scientific Council, PF CU 
  • 1993-2003, Member, T. G. Masaryk Institute, AS CR (AS CR) 
  • 1998-present, Member, Curatorium of Masaryk Institute 
  • 1998-present, Member, Scientific Council, Hradec Králové University 
  • 1998-present, Member, Scientific Council, PF TU 
  • 2002-present, Member, Assembly of AS CR 
  • 2002-present, Member, Council of National Museum 
  • 2002-present, Member, Scientific Council, Czechoslovak Documentation Centre 
  • 1990, Member, Higher Editorial Board, Czech Historical Journal 
  • 2003-present, Member, Commission for Science of Literary Fund of CR 

Membership and positions in international organizations and societies: 

  • 1993, Member, Czech-Slovak Commission of Historians, Prague-Bratislava 
  • 1995, Member, Czech-Russian Commission of Historians, Prague-Moscow 

Notable awards: 

  • 1976, Annual Award, Mladá fronta Publishing House, Prague 
  • 1984, Annual Award, Melantrich Publishing House, Prague 
  • 1995, 1999, 2001, 2004, E. E. Kisch Award, International Jury, Prague  
  • 1998, Medal, Charles University 
  • 2002, Medal, PF TU, Liberec, 
  • 2003, Annual Award, KALF (Non-fiction Literature Club) and SČS Jury, Prague (for authors of factual literature) 

Selected publications (all in Czech): 

  • Fatal Mission, Prague 1958
  • Cloudy Over Europe, Czechoslovakia and Europe 1933-1937, Prague 1967
  • The History of One Year, Prague 1976
  • On Historical Traditions, Prague 1984
  • And the World Has Changed, Prague 1987
  • Diplomats and the Others, Diplomacy of the Great Three and the Axis, Prague 1988
  • Problematical Allies. Political and Diplomatic Relations between Czechoslovakia and France 1937-1938, Prague 1989
  • The Case of Emil Hácha (together with D. Tomášek), Prague 1995
  • Czech History 1790-1992, Prague 2002
  • The First World War and the Czech Question, Prague 2003

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Reaction to the case of Tomáš Hudlický: Members of the Learned Society of the Czech Republic support the freedom of expression

„We believe that free exchange of ideas is a key condition for the pursuit of truth and that the honest opinions should be scrutinized, challenged or rebutted but not censored or suppressed,“ say 45 members of the Learned Society in a statement regarding the retracted opinion paper by Prof. Tomáš Hudlický.


The letter by Jan Konvalinka to the President and Vice-Chancellor of the Brock University regarding the retracted article of Prof. Tomáš Hudlický

Opinions could and should be challenged, questioned or refuted but never silenced. In order to be able to think, we have to have the right to inquire, question and even offend or be mistaken,” writes Assoc. Prof. Jan Konvalinka, a biochemist at the IOCB Prague and the Vice-Rector of the Charles University, to Gervan Fearon.


Prof Miroslav Bárta receives the Česká hlava National Government Award

Learned Society member, Prof. Mgr. Miroslav Bárta, Dr. (Charles University Faculty of Arts) received the Česká hlava (Czech Head) National Government Award on 25 November 2019. A renowned Czech Egyptologist and archaeologist, Professor Bárta researches the history of ancient civilisations, the human relationship to the natural environment, and also for many years the evolution of complex societies. He leads the Czech Institute of Egyptology for archaeological and environmental research in Egypt and Sudan. His principal research interest is the period of the pyramid builders of the Old Kingdom.