Mitreden über Weltgeschichte –
die Beteiligung polnischer, tschechoslowakischer und ungarischer Historiker an der UNESCO-Scientific and Cultural History of Mankind (1952–1969)
This article reconstructs the participation of historians from Poland, Czechoslovakia and Hungary in international projects and transnational networks of world history writings in the 1950s and 1960s. It focuses on the International Commission for a Scientific and Cultural History of Mankind (SCHM), which compiled a six-volume world history in collaboration of over 300 scholars, educators and politicians under the auspices and based upon the membership of the UNESCO. The institutional setting and the thematic orientation of SCHM are presented and the contributions of East Central European scholars are traced. From there on it follows other international contexts where Polish, Czechoslovak and Hungarian scholars sought to promote global interpretations of the past, which included their region. In sum one specific facet of the transnational entanglements of East Central European societies during the time of the Cold War is illustrated and retrieved from being buried by both, a solely national history of these societies and a world history discussion centred largely on North American and Western European traditions.