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Keane, Professor John (1949- )

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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.


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 includes 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.

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

(Languages) English and Czech


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)

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

Photocopies/photographs/microfilm are supplied for private research only at the Archivist's discretion. Please note that material may be unsuitable for copying on conservation grounds, and that photographs cannot be photocopied in any circumstances. Researchers who wish to publish material must seek copyright permission from the copyright owner.

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