Launching debate and changing public understanding of Czechoslovakia's treatment of minorities.

  • Mary Heimann (Participant)

Impact: Impact - for External PortalCulture and creativity, Public understanding, information and debate


Heimann’s research findings reveal that the Czechoslovak state, throughout successive political regimes, consistently discriminated against, and often persecuted, its minority populations. Her book launched public discussion about nationalist (ethno-linguistic) chauvinism in Central Europe. Her research has changed perceptions of the Czechoslovak state as having been more liberal and tolerant than its Central European neighbours. The research was disseminated through: book sales (three editions); internet serialisation; a Czech World Service documentary; newspaper and magazine feature articles; blogs; radio and press interviews; public lectures (e.g. at the Slovak Embassy and to Czech and Slovak charities); public policy symposia (e.g. with the Czech, Slovak, Hungarian, Polish and Slovenian ambassadors to Britain and a former US Secretary of State); internet discussion groups; a BBC Radio 4 play; book reviews; discussion in the National Theatre in Prague as part of the Prague Writers’ Festival 2013; 2-hour panel discussion with the former Prime Minister in the Czech Parliament (Senate) shown live on Czech TV.
Impact statusOpen
Category of impactCulture and creativity, Public understanding, information and debate


  • Czech Republic; minorities
  • REF2014 impact case study