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2021 | 29 | 2 | 247-259

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Jak studovat historii Československého svazu žen (1967-1989): orálněhistorické rozhovory jako zásadní pramen pro studium ženské zkušenosti


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How to study the history of the Czechoslovak women’s union (1967-1989): oral history interviews as an essential source for studying women’s experience

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This paper presents new options how to study women’s activism under socialism in Czechoslovakia. The new history of women’s lives, experiences, and movement under socialism can be traced by analyzing the previously untapped documents: archival records (collection of the Central Committee of the Czechoslovak Women’s Union deposited in the National Archive in Prague; collections of the local committees of the Czechoslovak Women’s Union deposited in state district archives); organization’s official magazine: Reporter of the Czech Women’s Union; and importantly oral history interviews with the members of the Czechoslovak Women’s Union who participated in the organization before 1989. This paper indicates how this robust combination of primary sources – enriched by oral history interviews – can show the rich history of women’s activism under socialism.


  • Moderní dějiny, redakce, Historický ústav AV ČR, v.v.i., Prosecká 76, 190 00 Praha 9, Czech Republic


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