About the authors

THE PRESENT FROM THE PAST

Petr Prokš is a Czech Historian of modern history for 19th an 20th century. 1976-1981 Study at Philosophical Faculty of Charles University in Prague, branch: Philosophy and History. 1981-1986 Research Assistant in Czechoslovak Academy of Sciences. 1982 PhD. 1986 CSc. From 1993 Researcher at Department for History of 20th Century in Institute of History of Academy of Sciences of The Czech Republic in Prague. From 1993 Managing Editor of Research Collection and from 2009 research journal Modern History (registration in ERIH). His research specialization is Political History of Czech Lands and Czechoslovakia, Austria-Hungary, Germany and Central Europe (10 monographs). proks@hiu.cas.cz
Peter Krisztián Zachar is a Hungarian historian and college professor, head of Department for Social Sciences at the Kodolányi János University of Applied Sciences. His major field of research is the history of the 19th and 20th century in Central Europe, the genesis and history of advocacy organisations, especially chambers, the theoretical background of modern social partnership, the catholic social thought. He deals with the current state of economic partnership-organisations, chamber advocacy work in Hungary and Europe. In previous years he participated in several Hungarian National Science Research Projects (OTKA); now he is leader of the OTKA-research group „Economic and social reform-concepts and social models in the interwar period” (OTKA K 100546). zacharpeter@gmail.com
Frédéric Dessberg is a France professor, Senior Lecturer, University Paris I Panthéon-Sorbonne-Saint-Cyr Coëtquidan Military Academy, France freddessberg@yahoo.fr

Pál Koudela is a Hungarian sociologist and political behavior researcher. He is a docent of Kodolányi János University College and one of the founders of the Institute of Researching Political Behavior at the Eötvös Lóránd University Faculty of Social Sciences, a former researcher of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences. His research fields are evolutionary interpreting of demographic and political changes. He also researches social history especially the former upper part of Hungary and the later Czechoslovakia. His PhD was about the political changes and its effects on the middle classes in the first Czechoslovakian Republic. He wrote several books and articles on these themes, especially on genealogical historical micro-analysis of the effects of political environment on values and social structures. pkoudela@yahoo.com

Arvydas Guogis is a Lithuanian political scientist, was awarded a doctoral degree of Social Sciences at Vilnius University (in 2003); in 2006 accomplished the habilitation procedure in the field of Management and Administration at Mykolas Romeris University. He has worked in various private, state and non-governmental organizations in and outside Lithuania as a political scientist, sociologist, project leader and researcher, public relations specialist and a journalist. Since 2013 – Mykolas Romeris University, professor at Public Administration Institute. Scientific interests – social security, social policy and globalization and research methodology of public administration. He published more than 60 scientific articles, is the author and co-author of 7 monographs and actively participates in popular periodicals. In 2009 Arvydas Guogis was awarded a prize by „Gairės“ magazine for the best publication related to the topics of social justice. In 2013 he was awarded National G. Petkevičaitė-Bitė remembrance medal „Serve Lithuania“ for societally relevant publications. He published his works in Journal of Baltic Studies and International Review on Public and Non-profit Marketing. The geography of his publications reaches as far as the USA, Canada, Finland, Denmark, Norway, Germany, Greece, Serbia, Bosnia, Herzegovina, Hungary, Romania, Latvia, Ukraine and Kazakhstan. His chapters for books were published by Nova Science Publishers and Eugrimas publishers.arvydasg@mruni.eu
Jolanta Aidukaite is a Senior Research Fellow at the Lithuanian Social Research Centre, Institute of Sociology and Doctor of Philosophy in Sociology from Stockholm University.   Prior to taking up a position in Lithuania (2009). She was lecturing and conducting research on social policy development issues in the three Baltic States at the Södertörn University, Sweden. Her main research and teaching interests are comparative social policy, inequalities and poverty, family policies, housing policy and urban segregation. She has been involved in numerous international and national research projects. Jolanta Aidukaite has published extensively on the social policy development issues in Central and Eastern Europe, especially on the three Baltic States. Her recent publication “Welfare Reforms and Socio-economic Trends in the Ten New EU Member States of Central and Eastern Europe” was published in the leading journal Communist and Post-Communist Studies in 2011. Her latest edited volume Poverty, Urbanity and Social Policy: Central and Eastern Europe Compared was published by a US Nova Sciences Publishers, New York (2009).jolanta.aidukaite@lstc.lt

Vladimir Olegovich Rukavisnyikov is a Russian political scientist. He is Professor at the Faculty of Global Politics and Global Economics of the State University-Higher School of Economics in Moscow, Russia since 2003. Prior to 2003 he worked in the Institute of Socio-Political Research of the Russian Academy of Sciences where he also occupied a Deputy Director position in early 1990s.  Since the late 1980s his researches were focused on Russian politics and public opinion trends; Russian and western foreign policies, global competitiveness and political culture transformations, international security, and related topics. He has published more than two hundred articles, and has authored over a dozen of books in many countries. His most recent monograph has the title Cholodnaya Voina, Cholodnyi Mir. (Cold War, Cold Peace: the US and European public opinion on the USSR/Russia, security and foreign policy), Moscow, 2005.rukavish@hotmail.com

József N. Szabó is a Hungarian political scientist. He is professor and head of Department of International Relations in the Faculty of Economic and Social Science at the College of Nyíregyháza, Hungary. He has been member of the Academy of New York since 2003 and a Visiting Professor of University of Paris Sud since 2002. His mayor field of research is the relation of culture and politics in the post-war Hungary and history of the Hungarian cultural diplomacy. nszaboj@nyf.hu
Nándor Csiky is a Hungarian political scientist. He is assistant professor at the Department of International Relations in the Faculty of Economic and Social Science at the University College of Nyíregyháza, Hungary. He carried out German Linguistics and Literature Studies in Nyíregyháza, Budapest and Hamburg. In 2003 he enrolled in the Doctoral Programme of the University of Regensburg where he earned his doctorate (Dr. phil.) in German Philology in 2007. Lately, he extended his research area to questions of cultural policy and cultural diplomacy. csikyn@nyf.hu

Tibor Szabó is a Hungarian political philosopher, professor of political science, Director of Department of Political Science at the Universities of Debrecen and emeritus professor of the University of Szeged. He is teaching history of political science, political culture and philosophical ideas. His scientific areas are first of all the research of political thinkers like Machiavelli, Gramsci, Sartre and Bobbio. In 1998 he has got Dante Award from the Academy of Florence, and 2004 from the President of Italy the Award “Ordine de la Stella” and “Flaiano Award” from the Republic of Italy. He published more than two hundred scientific papers and twenty books, like on Gramsci’s or G. Lukács’s  political philosophy, on Dante and on the Hungarian and Italian political culture. szabo@jgypk.u-szeged.hu