Institute of History of the CAS, v. v. i.

The institute was reopened as of February 1, 1990. It represents a continuation of the Czechoslovak State Historical Editorial Institute, established on February 1, 1920 and incorporated into the Czechoslovak Academy of Sciences as the Institute of History of the CSAS as of January 1, 1953. As of March 1, 1970, the Institute was dissolved and reorganized to form the Institute of Czechoslovak and World History of the CSAS, which was in turn closed down as of December 31, 1989. On July 1, 1993, a part of the former Institute of Central and East European History of the CAS was attached to the re-established Institute of History. As of January 1, 2007, the Institute became a public research institution within the meaning of Act No. 341/2005 Coll.

The scientific endeavors of the institute include the research of Czech, Czechoslovak and general, in particular Central and East European, history from the Early Middle Ages up to WWII, and the theory and methods of historical work, as well as long-term projects of encyclopedia and biographic studies and historical geography. It prepares critical editions of historical sources from all periods, and compiles a systematic bibliography of Czech history, made available both in printed form and online. The institute houses an extremely valuable collection of historical Bohemical literature, including old prints, as well as an extensive collection of old maps and atlases. The institute also manages a large body of materials from August Sedláček’s estate, pertaining to Czech and Moravian typonymy.