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Keane Collection

Identity Statement

Reference code(s): GB 0369 KNE
Held at: School of Slavonic and East European Studies
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Full title: Keane Collection
Date(s): 1941-2002
Level of description: Collection (fonds)
Extent: 39 boxes
Name of creator(s): Keane | John | b 1949 | Professor of Politics
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Administrative/Biographical history:

John Keane studied at the universities of Adelaide, Toronto and Cambridge. He is currently Professor of Politics at the University of Westminster and at the Wissenschaftszentrum Berlin (WZB), where his main research focus is the theory and history of democracy. In 1989 he founded the Centre for the Study of Democracy at the University of Westminster. In 1999 Professor Keane wrote an authorised biography of Václav Havel. He also currently researches fear and politics; nationality, citizenship and civil society; secularism; and the future of representative government.

Publications include:

Tom Paine: a political life (1995)

Reflections on Violence (London: Verso, 1996)

Václav Havel: A Political Tragedy in Six Acts (London: Bloomsbury, 1999)

Violence and Democracy (Cambridge University Press, 2004)

Global Civil Society? (Cambridge University Press, 2003)

Life and Death of Democracy (London: Simon and Schuster, 2009)

Source: Professor Keane's homepage and his webpages at the University of Westminster Department of Politics and International Relations and the Wissenschaftszentrum Berlin (WZB)


Scope and content/abstract:

The papers chiefly consist of background research and notes to publications especially to Professor Keane's work 'Václav Havel: a Political Tragedy in Six Acts' (1999), and include background research and draft chapters.

Additionally, the archive includes notes and offprint articles relating to nationalism and citizenship; fear and politics; democracy; as well as the general background to political change in Czechoslovakia, including Charter 77, the Velvet Revolution, and the Velvet Divorce leading to the foundation of the Czech and Slovak republics.

Access & Use

Language/scripts of material:
Czech; English

System of arrangement:

The papers are arranged in four series: articles and research regarding Czechoslovakia; papers relating to Václav Havel; articles on political theory; correspondence.

Conditions governing access:

The papers are available subject to the usual conditions of access to Archives and Manuscripts material, after the completion of a Reader's Undertaking.

Conditions governing reproduction:

Copies, subject to the condition of the original, may be supplied for research use only. Requests to publish original material should be submitted to the Librarian.

Finding aids:

Online catalogue available on the UCL Archives website.

Archival Information

Archival history:

Immediate source of acquisition:

Deposited at SSEES Library as a gift

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Date(s) of descriptions:
Sep 2009

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