Mezník´s Critical Commentary on Charter 77 Document No. 11/84 in 'The Right to History'
Jaroslav Mezník's critical commentary on the Charter 77 document No. 11/1984, The Right for History is written on a tape machine, has 9 pages, and is dated to the 17th November, 1984. Jaroslav Mezník criticises the black and white negative claims made by the authors of the document. A relatively long critical commentary is compiled by quoting a problematic passage of the document, followed by an evaluation ("inaccurate", "false", "very problematic"), and a detailed analysis with the submission of Mezník´s arguments. Mezník found most of the problems simple, and taking what the document claimed, he demonstrated a more varied spectrum of professional thinkers and scholars within contemporary Czechoslovak historiography. The most problematic part of the Document for Mezník is the sentence, "History without a human being and without God naturally cannot have any meaning…“, which caused a great upheaval among other philosophers too. At the end of the commentary Mezník expressed his sadness over the document that had been drafted. The interlocking critical response to the document led to debates that continued into the following year and led to the publication of the text History and Historiography, which partly revised the original radical denouncement of official Czechoslovak historical science.
Brno, Czech Republic
- Nečasová, Denisa