Historical education in the process of democratic transition: The Czech case

pages: 45-55

  • Jaroslav Najbert


In his article the author focuses on the process of dealing with the past using the example of Czech democratic transition after 1989. First he defines the very concept “dealing with the past” in order to define the role of historiography and school education in a symbolic level of such a process. He deals with three basic problems - cultivation of historical consciousness within school environment, implementation of modern didactical concepts and finally using the Czech experience with post-communist historical education he outlines problematic issues surrounding the process of dealing with the past. Besides other things he concentrates on didactic aspects of the concept of cultural and communicative memory. Keywords: history didactics, dealing with the past, cultural memory, communicative memory, cultural trauma, democratic transition, Central Europe, school education, histori­cal consciousness