Mikuláš Pešta

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Research Interests

  • History of terrorism and political violence
  • Czechoslovak relations to the Third World countries and postcolonial history

Academic Posts

  • 2019 Teaching and Research Fellow, Institute of Global History, Faculty of Arts, Charles University
  • 2018 Postdoctoral Research Associate, Socialism Goes Global project, University of Exeter

 Education

  • 2013-2017 PhD in History, Institute of World History, Faculty of Arts, Charles University
  • 2011–2013 MA in History, Institute of World History, Faculty of Arts, Charles University
  • 2008–2011 BA in History, Faculty of Arts, Charles University

Grants and Intersnships

  • 2019- present Member of the research team at the Center for the Transdisciplinary Research of Violence, Trauma and Justice (Charles University Center of Excellence)
  • 2017 Research internship at Universität zu Köln
  • 2013–2016 Lead Researcher in the grant project of the Grant Agency of Charles University named “Left-Wing Terrorism and Political Violence in Western Europe in the 1970s”, Charles University, Prague (including research in German, Italian and Swiss archives)
  • 2014–2016: Co-researcher of the project PRVOUK P12 – History in an Interdisciplinary Perspective, Charles University
  • 2015 Semestral research internship by Hermann und Else Schnabel Stiftung at Universität Hamburg 2014 Research internship at Universität zu Köln
  • 2014 Research internship at Universität zu Köln

Conferences

  • Prague as International Socialist Space at the workshop Relations in the Ideoscape: Middle Eastern Students in the Eastern Block, May 2019, Orient-Institut Beirut
  • Czechoslovak Experts in the Third World: The Case of the Military Technical College in Cairo at the workshop Eastern Bloc and the Third World, November 2018, Charles University
  • Prague Calling Africa and Asia. Czechoslovakia’s self-presentation in the Third World at the conference Socialist Cultural Diplomacy of the ХХth century: institutes, actors, discourses, October 2018, Deutsches Historisches Institut Moskau
  • Czechoslovak Spies on the “Black Continent”: Strategy and Activities of Czechoslovak Intelligence in Africa in the 1960s (with Jan Koura) at the conference Secret Struggle for the Global South, September 2018, University of Warwick
  • „Tricontinental as a Radicalization Factor of the Left-wing Terrorist Groups in Europe“ at the international conference “Legacies of the Tricontinental, 1966-2016: Imperialism, Resistance, Law”, September 2016, Universidade de Coimbra, Portugal
  • „Left-Wing Radicalism in Italy after 1968“ at the conference „Rethinking 20th Century Europe. Unarmed Conflicts“, April 2014, Masaryk University, Brno

Main Publications

  • Banking on Military Assistance. Czechoslovakia’s Struggle for Influence and Profit in the Third World 1955-1968 (with Daniela Richterova a Natalia Telepneva), in Richterova, D. -Telepneva, N. (eds.), The Secret Struggle for the Global South: Espionage, Military Assistance and State Security in the Cold War (Special Issue), International History Review, 43: 1 (2021, forthcoming).
  • The Aftermath of Revolution. U.S. Support for Czech and Slovak Liberal Democracy, 1989–Present (with Kelsey Landau and Norman Eisen), in Norman Eisen (ed.), Democracy’s Defenders. U.S. Embassy Prague, the Fall of Communism in Czechoslovakia, and Its Aftermath, Washington 2020, 161-188.
  • Sanctuary, Armoury, and Prison. Switzerland and Swiss Anarchists as Intermediaries in the European Terrorist Network in the 1970s, in Central European History 52 (2019), 672–688.
  • O ozbrojeném boji v západní Evropě. Italský a německý levicový terorismus sedmdesátých let v transnacionální perspektivě [Armed Struggle in Western Europe. Italian and German Left-Wing Terrorism of the 1970s in the Transnational Perspective.], Praha 2018
  • Giangiacomo Feltrinelli: Život a smrt extravagantního miliardáře, neúspěšného revolucionáře a sponzora evropského terorismu [Giangiacomo Feltrinelli: Life and Death of an Extravagant Billionaire, an Unsuccessful Revolutionary and a Benefactor of European Terrorism], in Bárta, M. – Kovář, M. (eds.), Lidé a dějiny. K roli osobnosti v historii v multidisciplinární perspektivě, Praha 2017, p. 781–802
  • Rozzuřená generace. Revoluční násilí a terorismus ve Velké Británii na počátku sedmdesátých let [Angry Generation. Revolutionary Violence and Terrorism in Great Britain at the Beginning of the 1970s], in Koura, J., Tumis, S., Soukup, J. (eds.), Kapitoly z britských a amerických dějin, Praha 2015, p. 202–214
  • Levicový radikalismus v Itálii po roce 1968 [Leftist Radicalism in Italy after 1968] in Škerlová, J. – Pokorná Korytarová, L. – Haváč, O. – Vitko, M. (eds.), Promýšlet Evropu 20. století. Konflikty beze zbraní, Brno 2015, p. 213–228
  • The Origins of the Left-wing Terrorism in Italy after 1968, in Dvacáté století – The Twentieth Century, 2014/1

 

 

 

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