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Future of Economic History at the Czech Universities


  • Radek Soběhart
  • František Stellner


The article deals with the question of the present position of economic history as a theoretical framework of scientific specialization and university study branch in the Czech Republic. It focuses on the Central European tradition and analyzes reasons for the connection between economic and social history. It concentrates on the question whether economic history can exist as an autonomous discipline, on which theoretical basis economic history could be built, and from where to derive methodological inspiration. The authors claim that currently the social historians do not consider the connection with economic history as pivotal. They regard the position of economic history as inferior and according to them the dominant role of social history prevents them from dynamic methodological development. They believe that possible alternatives of the future development of economic and social history lie in three potential solutions: a) continuation of the current "defensive" concept of economic and social history; b) separation of economic and social history and their autonomous shaping; c) concept of "offensive" integrating socio-scientific approach.

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  • Radek Soběhart & František Stellner, 2011. "Future of Economic History at the Czech Universities," Acta Oeconomica Pragensia, University of Economics, Prague, vol. 2011(6), pages 39-45.
  • Handle: RePEc:prg:jnlaop:v:2011:y:2011:i:6:id:350:p:39-45

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    1. Solow, Robert M, 1985. "Economic History and Economics," American Economic Review, American Economic Association, vol. 75(2), pages 328-331, May.
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    economic history; history and theory; cultural history; social history; economic history in the Czech Republic;

    JEL classification:

    • N - Economic History
    • N0 - Economic History - - General
    • N00 - Economic History - - General - - - General
    • N01 - Economic History - - General - - - Development of the Discipline: Historiographical; Sources and Methods


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