Vaclav Havel: A Symbol of Democratic Change in Central and Eastern Europe (to the 30th Anniversary of the Velvet Revolution in Czechoslovakia)

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S. Vidnianskyi

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The article is dedicated to the figure of the prominent Czech cultural and political figure Vaclav Havel. The author reveals the main stages of the biography of this famous personality from childhood
to the presidency. The literary, educational, dissident, human rights and political activities of V. Havel are characterized. The author summarizes the role and influence of the personality of the Czech leader
of post-communist Czechoslovakia and subsequently of the Czech Republic in the matter of returning the country to the community of European states. The pages of V. Havel’s biography are revealed on
the background of the main processes of Czech transit to democracy, namely in connection with the successful processes of Euro-Atlantic and European integration. The importance of the figure of the
first President of the Czech Republic in its international recognition and the establishment of international relations and the pro-European foreign policy is emphasized. The article also describes the establishment of Ukrainian-Czech dialogue.

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Vidnianskyi, S. (2019) “Vaclav Havel: A Symbol of Democratic Change in Central and Eastern Europe (to the 30th Anniversary of the Velvet Revolution in Czechoslovakia)”, Problems of World History, (8), pp. 159-184. doi: 10.46869/2707-6776-2019-8-9.

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S. Vidnianskyi

Vidnianskyi Stepan – Doctor of Historical Sciences, Professor, Corresponding Member of the National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine, Honored Worker of Science and Technology of Ukraine, Head of the Department of International Relations and Foreign Policy of Ukraine of Institute of History of Ukraine of the National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine.

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