James Krapfl

Contact Information

Department of History

855 Sherbrooke West
Montreal, Quebec
H3A 2T7

514-398-4400 ext.00971
Email address: 
James.Krapfl [at] mcgill.ca
Associate Professor
Leacock, Rm 631

PhD (University of California, Berkeley)

Specialization by time period: 
1450 - 1800
1800 - 1900
1900 - Today
Specialization by geographical area: 
Curriculum vitae: 
Office hours: 

Monday & Wednesday

10 00 - 11 00


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.

Graduate supervision: 

Modern central and eastern European history; history and theory of revolution.


HIST 226 - E Central &SE Europe in 20th C – East Central and Southeastern Europe in the Twentieth Century 

HIST 306 - East Central Europe, 1944-2004 – East Central Europe, 1944-2004  

HIST 313 - Habsburg Monarchy, 1618-1918 – The Habsburg Monarchy, 1618-1918 

HIST 329 - History of Yugoslavia – The History of Yugoslavia  

HIST 436 - Topics: European History – Topics: European History

HIST 453 - Hist. of Revolution in Europe – The History of Revolution in Europe 

HIST 498D1 – Seminar on Central and Eastern Europe 

Selected publications: