Associated Researchers: Johana Kudrnová

I’m a PhD candidate in Modern History at the Department of European Studies at Charles University in Prague. I have studied political science at Le Moyne College in Syracuse, NY and conducted an internship at the University of Oxford. In 2017 my Master’s thesis was awarded the Edvard Beneš Prize for Best Thesis in Modern History. In my dissertation, I follow up on my previous research in the field of history of mentalities. The doctoral thesis deals with the image of Britain in discourses of the Czechoslovak media between 1939 and 1948.

In 2019, I participate in the Humboldt University’s project “London Moment” as a SYLFF fellow. For the period of eight months I will be focusing on the reconstruction of the changing relations between the Czechoslovak exile government and Britain during the Second World War. Despite the fact that the Anglo-Czechoslovak relations were hardly disturbed by the infamous Munich conference, the country represented the referential type of “the other” even beyond September 1938. The war period brought a further strengthening of the bilateral ties. At the same time, the Czechoslovak representation in London was already voluntarily binding itself to Soviets. The aim of the research is to uncover the dynamics of this process as captured in the discourses of the numerous exile newspapers.


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