Consequences of the Changes in Czechoslovakia in November 1989 for the Teaching of Social Sciences at Military Universities Using the Example of the Military University of the Ground Forces in Vyškov


The article deals with the consequences of changes in society and the army after the “Velvet Revolution” in 1989 for teaching social sciences at military schools. The changes are illustrated by the example of the Military University of the Ground Forces in Vyškov, which trained most of the officers for the ground troops. The first part of the article shows the use of social science teaching at military schools to ideologically indoctrinate students in favour of the ruling Communist Party of Czechoslovakia before November 1989. The next part of the article deals with the reflection of changes in society and in the army after the abolition of the article on the leading role of the Communist Party of Czechoslovakia in the Constitution in the system of teaching social sciences, in their content and scope. The content of the article also shows individual milestones in the process of changes in the teaching of social sciences on the way from their use for communist indoctrination to the formation of democratic army officers.

Prof. František Hanzlík, born in 1954. He is a graduate of the Military Political Academy in Bratislava (1977), defended his dissertation and habilitation in the field of Czechoslovak history at the Faculty of Arts of Masaryk University (1992 and 1997)). He completed the appointment procedure at the University of Silesia in Opava (2012). Since 1984, he has been working as a scientific and pedagogical worker. Until 2004 at the University of the Ground Forces in Vyškov and from 2004 at the University of Defense,  Brno. He deals with issues of military history with a focus on the 1st and 2nd World Wars, on the Czechoslovak military exile after February 1948, on the role of secret services in the struggle for political power and on the history of military education.

Country: Czech Republic


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