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Department of History
University of West Florida
Pensacola, FL  32514  USA

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University of Pittsburgh: Ph.D., History, August 1989

Title: Professor, Department of History, University of West Florida (Pensacola, FL)
Dates: 1990-1995, Assistant Professor; 1995-2004, Associate Professor; 2004, Professor
Teaching Responsibilities: undergraduate and graduate courses in East-Central Europe, Balkans, and Modern Europe.

    Books and Monographs

The Influence of Václav Klaus on Czech Public Opinion Regarding the European Union.  Carl Beck Papers in Russian and East European Studies, no. 2503.  Pittsburgh: University of Pittsburgh, Center for Russian and East European Studies, University Center for International Studies, 2017.   URL:

K úloze a významu agrárního hnutí v českých a československých dějinách [The Significance and Meaning of the Agrarian Movement in Czech and Czechoslovak History].  Eds. Jiří Šouša (Charles University, Prague), Daniel E. Miller, and Mary Hrabik Samal (Oakland University, Rochester, MI).  Prague: Karolinum–Nakladatelství Univerzity Karlovy, 2001.

Antonín Švehla–mistr politických kompromisů [Antonín Švehla–Master of Political Compromise].  Trans. Stanislav Pavlíček.  Edice Ecce Homo.  Prague: Argo, 2001.
This is a translation into Czech of Forging Political Compromise.  See "Academic Awards" below.

Forging Political Compromise: Antonín Švehla and the Czechoslovak Republican Party, 1918-1933.  Pittsburgh: University of Pittsburgh Press, 1999.
This is a political biography of Antonín Švehla, the Czechoslovak prime minister and leader of the Republican (Agrarian) party.  Švehla reconciled competing interests among socialist, bourgeois, clerical, and minority parties to form coalitions that contributed to the political stability of the Czechoslovak First Republic (1918-1938).  In the realm of agrarian politics, Švehla adroitly preserved the unity of a mass movement of cottagers, small agriculturalists, estate owners, and agricultural industrialists.  The book analyzes one of the most successful agrarian movements in modern Europe.  It aids scholars in comprehending political change and development in Europe between the world wars and contributes to the understanding of political consensus and coalition building in new democracies.  Reviews of the book appear in Slavic Review; H-Net, Habsburg; Český časopis historický [Czech Journal of History];  Austrian History Yearbook; and elsewhere.  A digital edition is available at;iel=2;view=toc;idno=31735057895207, and the work also is available in paperback

Articles and Chapters (selective list):  I have 16 articles and chapters in internationally respected publications, including:

“The Creation of the Conditions for Consociational Democracy and Its Development in Interwar Czechoslovakia.”  With Philip J. Howe (Adrian College in Adrian, MI) and Thomas A. Lorman (School of Slavonic Studies, University College London).  Bohemia: Zeitschrift für Geschichte und Kultur der bömischen Länder / A Journal of History and Civilisation in East Central Europe, 56/2 (2016): 362-380.

“Antonín Paleček: novinář, ale i politik a historik” [Antonín Paleček: Journalist but also Politician and Historian].  In Osobnosti agrární politiky 19. a 20. století: Sborník příspěvků z mezinárodní konference konané ve dnech 24.-25. května 2006 [Personalities in Agrarian Politics in the Nineteenth and Twentieth Century: A Collection of Contributions of the International Conference of 24-25 May 2006]. Studie Slováckého muzea Uherské Hradiště, 11/2006.  Ed. Blanka Rašticová, 187-199.  Uherské Hradiště: Slovácké muzeum, 2006 (digital edition:

“The Czech Republic.”  Eastern Europe: An Introduction to the People, Land, and Culture.  Ed. Richard Frucht, 203-281.  Global Reference Series.  Santa Barbara, CA: ABC-CLIO, 2004 (digital ed. available at:

“The American Lecture Tour of Vavro Šrobár and Václav Staníslav Maule in 1923.”  Kosmas: Czechoslovak and Central European Journal, 18 (Fall 2004): 1-19.

“Colonizing the Hungarian and German Border Areas during the Czechoslovak Land Reform,  1918-1938.”  Austrian History Yearbook 24 (2003): 303-317.

“Masaryk, Švehla a Republikánská strana 1918-1933” [Masaryk, Švehla and the Republican Party, 1918-1933].  In T. G. Masaryk, idea demokracie a současné evropanství [Tomáš G. Masaryk: The Idea of Democracy and Contemporary Europeanism], ed. Emil Voráček, 461-473, 505-506.  Prague: Nadace Jiřího z Poděbrad pro evropskou spolupráci, Masarykův ústav Akademie věd České republiky, and Ústav T. G. Masaryka, o.p.s., 2001.

“Collectivization in the 1970s and 1980s in Zamagurie, Slovakia.”  Agricultural History 73 (Summer 1999): 281-302.  See "Academic Awards" below.

Reviews and Other Publications: I have written 33 reviews and other short pieces.


I have given 33 papers in the United States and Europe; nearly all of which I have published in expanded form as chapters or articles.  Some of the papers include:

“‘Remember, Only Photocopies!’: Researching in Prague, 1986-1987.”  Paper for the Association for Slavic, East European, and Eurasian Studies (ASEEES) conference in Philadelphia, PA, 22 November 2014.

“The Creation of the Conditions for Consociational Democracy and Its Development in Interwar Czechoslovakia.”  With Philip J. Howe (Adrian College in Adrian, MI), and Thomas A. Lorman (University College London).  Paper for the conference “Between Politics and Culture: New Perspectives on the History of the Bohemian Lands and the First Czechoslovak Republic (1880s-1930s),” Prague, Czech Republic, 30 May 2014.

“Václav Klaus and Czech Opinion about the European Union.”  Paper for the ASEEES conference in Boston, MA,  22 November 2013.

“Czechoslovak Democracy in the 1920s from the Perspective of Lewis Einstein, America’s Envoy in Prague.”  Luncheon keynote address at a conference titled “Czech and Slovak Americans: International Perspectives from the Great Plains” at the University of Nebraska at Lincoln, 9 April 2010.

“Aspects of Consociationalism in the Czechoslovak Land Reform between the World Wars.”  Paper presented at the American Association for the Advancement of Slavic Studies (AAASS) conference in Philadelphia, PA, 22 November 2008.


Habsburg Austria’s Democratic Legacy and the Czechoslovak First Republic.  I am cooperating with Philip J. Howe, a political scientist at Adrian College in Adrian, MI, and Thomas A. Lorman, a historian at the University College London, School of Slavonic Studies, to apply the theory of consociational democracy to the Habsburg Monarchy and to Czechoslovakia.  After a brief introduction to the consociational model, there will be one chapter that accounts for the development of consociational mechanisms in the Austrian portion of the Habsburg Monarchy, a second that explains how consociationalism best accounts for the unusual aspects and what some have termed the undemocratic features of the Czechoslovak system, and a third that examines Slovak politics between the world wars from the standpoint of consociationalism.  In January 2018, we completed editing the manuscript and submitted it to an academic publisher for consideration.

Recollections from the Dustbin of History: American Historians in Communist Czechoslovakia.  The generation of scholars who worked in Czechoslovakia in the communist era from the late 1960s until 1989 is dwindling, and this volume seeks to preserve their experiences.  It will contain chapters from 17 contributors–all American historians, with the exception of one Canadian who studied and taught in the United States and one linguist who did a great deal of archival work.  Jaroslav Rokoský, a Czech historian, will write an introductory chapter about academic work from the Prague Spring through the period of Normalization.  I initiated the project, and I will serve as its editor, will contribute a chapter about my experiences in Czechoslovakia between 1976 and 1989, and will draft the conclusion.

“Resistance to Collectivization in the 1950s in Zamagurie, Slovakia.”  This article examines the fate of an accused kulak in Czechoslovakia in the 1950s.

Colonizing the Great Estates in Czechoslovakia during the Land Reform of 1919-1938.  This monograph will examine the creation of new agricultural settlements as part of the Czechoslovak land reform, including the efforts to dilute the German and Hungarian populations in the border areas.  I conducted research on this project in 1999-2000 in the Czech Republic and Slovakia with a grant from the International Research and Exchanges Board (IREX) that included National Endowment of the Humanities (NEH) funding.  I expect to complete the manuscript by 2017.


I have received long- and short-term grants from the International Research and Exchanges Board (IREX), American Council of Learned Societies (ACLS), Hoover Institution at Stanford University, Woodrow Wilson Center (Washington, DC), and Open Society Archives (Budapest, Hungary).  My article in Agricultural History won the Carstensen Award in 2000 for the best article that year.  In 2001, Dějiny a současnost [History and the Present] listed Antonín Švehla as the best historical work (tied with one other book) by a foreign author.  I have received several teaching awards at the University of West Florida.