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Project code: 6-01-303

Historical Framework and Historical Breakdown of Communism : The Problem of Heritage and Re-establishment of Democratic Society

Main researcher: ČOVIĆ, ANTE (8416)

Type of research: basic
Duration from: 08/01/92. to 08/01/97.

Papers on project (total): 88
Papers on project quoted in Current Contents: 2
Institution name: Institut za primijenjena društvena istraživanja, Zagreb (194)
Department/Institute: Institute for Applied Social Research
Address: Marulićev trg 19/1,
City: 10000 - Zagreb, Croatia
Phone: 385 (0)41 445-068, 611-984
Fax: 385 (0)41 448-566, 511-841

Summary: Communism as a historical phenomenon passed through its phases of development : from the conceptional preparation made in political and social and philosophical theories, through the historical realization up to its final breakdown. Concerning the fact that communism, as the constitutive, that is the word-creative principle, took up all spheres of material and spiritual life, it is obvious that communism, as the theoretical problem, as well as the research object, will show its extreme complexity and totality. This complexity and totality of the problem needs a related research strategy. Therefore the research is segmented through the specific areas of the material and spiritual life. It is also classified toward chronological stages of the genesis and the breakdown and its consequences as well. But simultaneously the research is integrated through multidisciplinal discussion, which is going forward through its different institutionalized forms within the project.

Keywords: communism, ideology, world view, marxism, Frankfurt school, alienation, Praxis, religion, nation, manipulation of nationality, nationalism, hegemony, yugoslav identity, civil society, modernization, science, economy, transition, neocolonialism, new world order

Research goals: The research has its epistemological aim through the multidisciplinal approach to reach the integrative and full cognition on the genesis and breakdown and consequences of communism. By creating scientific based conception of the problem of communism it is going to prevent most efficaciously its political and ideological instrumentalization. In the first year of the research the documentation centre was established. In the framework of the project the interdisciplinary communication in the form of conferences and colloqiums was also organized. Some particular studies were published in the scientific journals. Symposiums and the publishing of the collection of works concerning the project are planned. Very soon two thesis (master work and doctoral dissertation= are expected to be defended.


  1. Name of project: Management of the Social Transformation
    Name of institution: UNESCO
    City: Paris, Francuska

  2. Name of project: "Political analysis of post-communism"
    Name of institution: Politična Dumka (Political Thought)
    City: Kijev, Ukrajina


  1. Name of institution: Evangelische Zentralstelle fr Weltanschauungsfragen
    Type of institution: University/Faculty
    City: 70193 - Stuttgart, Deutschland

  2. Name of institution: Politična Dumka (Political Thought)
    Type of institution: Non-profit
    Type of cooperation: Joint publishing of scientific papers
    City: Kijev, Ukrajina

  3. Name of institution: UNESCO (MOST)
    Type of institution: International organization
    Type of cooperation: Joint project
    City: Paris, Francuska

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