Slovenský demograf a vysokoškolský pedagóg Ján Svetoň v dejinách Slovenska po druhej svetovej vojne
Slovak Demographer and Academic Pedagogue Ján Svetoň in the History of Slovakia after the World War II
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Professor Ján Svetoň (1905 – 1966), born in Romania, ranks thanks to his work in the field of science and activities on various positions among the leading Slovak cultural and public protagonists who at the end of the World War II contributed to the increased understanding of the development of Slovakia and its inhabitants. He was the co‐founder of the newer Slovak and Czechoslovak historical demography. His numerous papers and monographs are focused on demographic, historical, economic and socio‐cultural structure of the Slovak society and the Slovak emigration from 18th to 20th century. He was active as a scholar, pedagogue and citizen from 1930s to the mid‐1960s. From 1944 till 1951 he was a researcher and from 1949 a chairman of the Slovak Planning and Statistical Office. In the years 1947 – 1948 he was a member of the resettlement and re‐slovakizational commission which was dealing with the difficult relationships between Slovakia and Hungary. From 1952 he worked at the University of Economics and later became its vice‐chancellor. This paper tries to clarify these aspects of his life and introduce brief survey of his professional production.
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