"Seeing Things Differently: Anglo-American Historians and Czechoslovakia" Featured

Dr. Thomas A. Lorman earned his Ph.D. in history from the University of London.

After several years spent teaching European history at the University of Cincinnati, he is now a teaching fellow in modern Central European history in the Slavonic Studies Program at University College London.  He is an acknowledged authority on Anglo-Hungarian relations and the author of Hungary: 1920-1925, published by East European Monographs in 2006. He is fluent in Slovak and is currently writing a chapter on “politics in Slovakia through the lens of consociationalism.”

Abstract of the keynote speech:

In trying to make sense of Czechoslovak history, Anglo-American historians have coped with various challenges and achieved various results, some of them beneficial. Among the results, the old ideas of left and right historians have now been more profitably replaced by contemplating schools of historiography in a postmodern way. Truth, it seems, can only be approached through an all-inclusive portrait of Czechoslovak history that incorporates the unique but equally valid views of Czech and Slovak historians living in the Czech and Slovak lands, emigres, second and third generation Czechs and Slovaks who were born abroad but speak the language and feel a personal connection, and finally outsiders, such as myself, who just ended up finding the place fascinating for the strangest of reasons.

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