Research Trends in North America on the History of the Habsburg Monarchy and Czechoslovakia: Results of a Survey

Stanley B. Winters
The transformations in East Central Europe in the past year have opened hitherto undreamed-of possibilities for historians to conduct research and cooperate with colleagues in that region and elsewhere. The new Situation requires that scholars from all countries and of all persuasions examine their concepts and methodologies for erroneous and outdated assumptions. How quickly the new opportunities will be seized by the profession is an important matter that needs to be addressed. One essential
more » ... sed. One essential starting-point is reliable information on the State of our profession. In preparation for the Bad Wiessee Tagungsprogramm of 22-24 November 1990, the writer distributed a "Survey of Current and Future Research" to historians in the field in the United States and Canada. This is a report on the results of the Survey and an interpretation of its possible significance. It seeks to place the results in the context of the overall academie and financial conditions for research on East Central Europe in North America at this time. The Survey (a copy appears immediately below) was designed for ease of completion by being limited to a few questions on one side of a page. Faculty members at U. S. educational institutions are besieged with questionnaires and memoranda and discard most of them immediately; hence only ten questions were asked plus the respondent's name and address. Confidentiality of individual answers was assured. To facilitate replies, respondents were asked to note whether they wished to obtain the results, and a stamped return envelope was enclosed. The Survey was sent to 142 persons. Of this number, 130 names were culled from the following sources: (a) American Association for the Advancement of Slavic Stud-
doi:10.18447/boz-1991-3499 fatcat:qc4cohb3vvanzoyp2f4t2xgpji