The Czech Historical Institute in Rome

prof. PhDr. Jaroslav Pánek, DrSc., dr. h. c. (Historický ústav AV ČR)

The Czech Historical Institute in Rome (Istituto Storico Ceco di Roma), established in late 1993, was admitted to Unione Internazionale in 1998, but its roots reach back much further. It follows in the steps of the Czech Historical Expedition (1887–1914) and the Czechoslovak Historical Institute in Rome (1923–1939, 1945–1948). Being the only foreign facility involved in the third scientific field of the Czech Academy of Sciences, it can fully rely on the Academy’s financial support. It may indeed rank among the smallest and, from the point of personnel, most modest institutions in Rome, but it is rather enterprising in its research and publication activities (continuous publication of several editions and many other printed publications, which considerably expand our knowledge not only in the sphere of Church and religious history, but also on the history of culture, politics and even economics). Contemporary Czech historiography would today be almost unimaginable without the consistent contributions from the research carried out in Rome.