The post-revolution elite - where they came from and what they gave us?

Monday / 28. 05. 2018
kulturní prostor PRAHA, Husova 18


As early as 1991, the Brno sociologist Ivo Možný pointed out in his essay “Why So Easily” that the elites of the new regime would necessarily be formed by elites of the former regime. This is because all the Charter 77 signatories and other members of the anti-Communist opposition together would not be enough to take over the reins of the country. For many it is still a sensitive and frustrating fact of our development after 1989, which can no longer be changed. Something, however, can be changed, is our understanding of who were the actual members of the previous regime elite who formed the new regime. What did they bring to these new circumstances? What part of this "legacy" is still a problem today and what should we try to eliminate?


Guests of the debate:

Světlana Ptáčníková – historian and director of the Security Services Archive (CZ)

Tomáš Vilímek – historian, Institute of Contemporary History, Academy of Sciences CR and Institute for the Study of Totalitarian Regimes (CZ)

Jerguš Sivoš – historian, Institute of the Nation’s Memory (SK)

A discussion following the Elites theatre performance will be chaired by historian and deputy director of the Institute for the Study of Totalitarian Regimes Ondřej Matějka (CZ).


The programme takes place in cooperation with the National Theatre in Brno during the Brno Theatre World festival.