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Gužvica, Stefan

Stefan Gužvica, M.A.

PhD Student in South East European History –
Former Visiting Fellow

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Graduate School for East and Southeast European Studies
Universität Regensburg
Landshuter Str. 4
D-93047 Regensburg

Phone: +49 (0)941 / 943-5327

Doctoral Project

International Solidarity and Transnational Repression: The Balkan Communist Parties during the Great Purge, 1936-1939

By using a case study of Balkan communist parties during the Great Purge (1936-1939), my research aims to provide a new perspective on the Communist International (Comintern) by examining how transnational and unofficial connections between members of constituent parties affected the power relations and politics in the broader Comintern apparatus. Moreover, I intend to inspect how these ties influenced not only the formation of political alliances, but also of particular diverging strategies within the international communist movement. I posit that these connections and divisions had an effect on the post-World War II communist movement, and that the roots of certain political schisms after 1945 can be traced back to the 1930s.

Curriculum Vitae

Stefan Gužvica is a doctoral student at the Graduate School for East and Southeast European Studies of the University of Regensburg. He researches the international communist movement in the interwar period and labor under socialism, with a particular focus on the Balkans and Czechoslovakia. He graduated from the Anglo-American University in Prague before receiving his MA degree at the Central European University in Budapest, where he wrote a thesis on the Communist Party of Yugoslavia during the Great Purge (1936-1939). He is currently researching the transnational links within the Communist International during the Purge, under the supervision of Professor Ulf Brunnbauer.

Awards

  • Winner of the 2018 International Research Competition of the Estonian Institute of Historical Memory, November 2018 (awarded for the best master’s and doctoral dissertation)
  • The Hanák Prize of the History Department at the Central European University, June 2018 (awarded for the best master’s thesis)
  • Outstanding Academic Achievement award at the Central European University, June 2018 (awarded to students with the highest GPA in their respective program)
  • Best Paper Award at the Empire and Nation: Undergraduate Conference of the Central European University, August 2015
  • Merit-based scholarship at the Anglo-American University, 2013-2016
  • Second Prize at the Internest 2012 project, June 2012
  • "Club 27" award with a one-time Scholarship, awarded by Erste Bank Serbia, May 2012

Publications

Monographs

Learning Leninism: Factional Struggles in the Communist Party of Yugoslavia During the Great Purge, 1936-1940. Tallinn: Eesti Mälu Instituut / Estonian Institute of Historical Memory, 2019 (to be published).

Edited Books and Journal Issues

Zus. mit Vladimir Balj: Zbornik radova o nastanku, prošlosti i istorijskom razvoju grada Bačke Palanke [The Collection of works about the emergence, the past and the historical development of the city of Bačka Palanka]. Bačka Palanka: 2017 (in print).

Journal Articles and Book Chapters

Retrospective Lessons and Generational Gaps: The Impact of Yugoslav Communist Émigrés in Interwar Czechoslovakia on the Postwar Yugoslav State. In: Acta Historiae, 2019 (in preparation).

The Spanish Inquisition: Factional Struggles among the Yugoslav Interbrigadistas. In: Istorija 20. veka, 1/2019 (in preparation).

Lenjin na Titovom stolu: Uticaj Oktobarske Revolucije na Jugoslaviju [= Lenin on Tito’s Desk: The Impact of the October Revolution on Yugoslavia]. In: Stvar 9 (Winter), 2017, pp. 90-97.

Books and Rifles: Political Activity of Yugoslav Communist Students in Prague 1927-1937 (Part II). In: Slovanský přehled/Slavonic Review (2), 2017, pp. 343-371.

Books and Rifles: Political Activity of Yugoslav Communist Students in Prague 1927-1937 (Part I). In: Slovanský přehled/Slavonic Review (1), 2017, pp. 65-103.

Palanka u Vojnoj Krajini [Palanka during the Military Frontier]. In: Vladimir Balj (ed.): Zbornik radova o nastanku, prošlosti i istorijskom razvoju grada Bačke Palanke [= The Collection of works about the emergence, the past and the historical development of the city of Bačka Palanka], Bačka Palanka 2017, pp. 17-24.

Bačka Palanka u Revoluciji 1848. godine [= Bačka Palanka in the Revolution of 1848]. In: Vladimir Balj (ed.): Zbornik radova o nastanku, prošlosti i istorijskom razvoju grada Bačke Palanke [= The Collection of works about the emergence, the past and the historical development of the city of Bačka Palanka], Bačka Palanka 2017, pp. 43-55.

Sokolsko društvo u Bačkoj Palanci [= The Sokol Society in Bačka Palanka]. In: Vladimir Balj (ed.): Zbornik radova o nastanku, prošlosti i istorijskom razvoju grada Bačke Palanke [= The Collection of works about the emergence, the past and the historical development of the city of Bačka Palanka], Bačka Palanka 2017, pp. 91-108.

Jevreji u Bačkoj Palanci [= The Jews in Bačka Palanka] In: Vladimir Balj (ed.): Zbornik radova o nastanku, prošlosti i istorijskom razvoju grada Bačke Palanke [= The Collection of works about the emergence, the past and the historical development of the city of Bačka Palanka], Bačka Palanka 2017, pp. 109-125.

The Fight for Yugoslavia: Left-wing Nationalism of Yugoslav Student Émigrés in Prague. In: Annual of Medieval Studies at CEU 22, 2016, pp. 228-237.

Sokolsko društvo u Bačkoj Palanci [= The Sokol Society in Bačka Palanka]. In: Sunčanik, časopis za kulturu, književnost i umetnost 35 (Spring-Winter), 2011, pp. 7-15.

Jevreji u Bačkoj Palanci [= The Jews in Bačka Palanka]. In: Izvornik 7, 2011, pp. 233-251.


Presentations (selected)

2018

"Communist Yugoslavism before Socialist Yugoslavia: Yugoslav Communists and the National Question, 1919-1941." Paper on the Student Panel "Yugoslavism 1918 – 2018: Experiences, Memories, Perspectives" at Central European University, Budapest (Hungary), 30 November 2018.

"A Legacy Erased: Germans in the Yugoslav Communist Movement." Paper at the Conference "Cosmopolitanism and (Post-) Imperial Space. German-speaking Networks in Eastern Europe (ca. 1850-1950)" at Technical University Dresden, Dresden (Germany), 18-20 July 2018.

"Model (Self-)Managers: A Comparative Analysis of Worker and Manager Biographies in a Yugoslav Factory Newspaper." Paper at the Conference "Workers beyond Socialist Glorification and Post-Socialist Disavowal: New Perspectives on Eastern European Labour History" at the Institute for Economic and Social History, University of Vienna, Vienna (Austria), 24-27 May 2018.

"Retrospective Lessons: The Impact of Yugoslav Communist Emigres in Interwar Czechoslovakia on the Postwar Yugoslav State" at the Conference "The Yugoslav Laboratory of Political Innovation" at the Science and Research Centre Koper, Institute of Historical Studies, Koper (Slovenia), 10-11 May 2018.

"Surviving the Soviet Thermidor: Statistical Analysis of the Yugoslav Victims of the Great Purge, 1936-1939." Paper at the BASEES Annual Conference 2018 of the British Association for Slavonic and East European Studies at Fitzwilliam College, Cambridge (United Kingdom), 13-15 April 2018.

2017

"Surviving the Soviet Thermidor: Statistical Analysis of the Yugoslav Victims of the Great Purge, 1936-1939." Paper at the Conference "Socijalizam na klupi" [= Socialism on the Bench] at the Centre for Cultural and Historical Research of Socialism at the Juraj Dobrila University, Pula (Croatia). 28-30 September 2017.

"Wretched of the Earth: The Impact of Socialist Yugoslavia on the Early Algerian State." Paper at the Conference "From Below and In Between – Narrating and Practicing the Cold War in South East Europe" at the Humboldt University, Berlin (Germany), 1-2 June 2017.


2015

"The Fight for Yugoslavia: Left-Wing and Right-Wing Nationalism of Yugoslav Student Émigrés in Prague." Paper at the Undergraduate Conference in History "Empire and Nation" at the Central European University, Budapest (Hungary), 6-9 August 2015.