Historie – Otázky – Problémy

Diferentness of our common (not only) central-European history


Abstract: The text is a reflexion, accompanied by documentary materials, of the „differentness“ of history of nations and inhabitants of Central Europe, who lived through broadly the same events, but who interpret their common history differently. The differences concern every-day life in its ordinary as well as festive aspects. The different histories also play an important role in the social and political life of central Europe, and as such need to be treated not only by social and humanistic science but should also be subject of school curricula. The importance of different interpretations of common history is all the more significant as it is part of a world as lived and experienced by people and many of its social and individual aspects are present subconsciously.The text also informs on the programme of international conferences Differentness of our common history, organized since 2007 in the framework of international cooperation between academic and educational institutions from the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Poland, Hungary and Slovenia.

Key words: differentness, identity, stereotype, nation, history, historiography

Prof. PhDr. Zdeněk Beneš, CSc., přednáší na Ústavu českých dějin Filozofické fakulty a na Ústavu dějin křesťanského umění Katolické teologické fakulty Univerzity Karlovy. Jeho badatelskými tématy jsou didaktika dějepisu, historická kultura a dějiny dějepisectví (zdenek.benes@ff.cuni.cz)