Institute of History, Slovak Academy of Sciences (Slowakei)
E-Mail: Adam.Hudek [at] savba.sk
Foto: Branislav Waclav
The second life of Slovak national communism in the 1990s
The objective of the project is the research of the continuities between “national communism” and the post-1989 “national populism” in the 1990s Eastern Central Europe (ECE) on the example of post-communist (Czecho)Slovakia. Looking for “continuities in discontinuity” opens the possibility to analyze the process of inclusion of the former national communists in the new political groupings. The research deals with the question how the national communist agenda, re-fashioned to serve the political currents opposing the political hegemony of both the West-oriented dissident leaders and economic technocrats, influenced the post-communist transition. The focus is on the early 1990s, when the Slovak national communist narrative and its representatives contributed to the dissolution of Czechoslovakia and the legitimization of the first “illiberal democracy” in Eastern Central Europe.