PhD (University of California, Berkeley)
Department of History
855 Sherbrooke West
James Krapfl is a historian of modern European politics and culture, specializing geographically on east central Europe. Thematically he is interested in the cultural history of revolutionary phenomena, the experience of Communist rule in central and eastern Europe, and the transformation of Europe since 1989. These interests come together in his book Revolution with a Human Face: Politics, Culture, and Community in Czechoslovakia, 1989-1992 (Cornell University Press, 2013), which analyzes grassroots efforts to establish a democratic political culture in Czechoslovakia following the outbreak of revolution in 1989. Based on research in forty Czech and Slovak archives, mostly at the district level, the book explains how popular attempts to reconstitute political, social, and economic institutions “from below” met with the opposition of new elites, setting in motion the chain of events which led to the break-up of the federal state in 1992. Prof. Krapfl is using his sabbatical in 2014-15 to begin research for a second book, on the popular experience of “1968” in Czechoslovakia, East Germany, Hungary, and Poland.
– East Central and Southeastern Europe in the Twentieth Century
– East Central Europe, 1944-2004
– The Habsburg Monarchy, 1618-1918
– The History of Yugoslavia
– Topics: European History
– The History of Revolution in Europe
– Seminar on Central and Eastern Europe
Modern central and eastern European history; history and theory of revolution.