Aims and Scope

Securitas Imperii is a peer-reviewed periodical publishing original studies dealing with the history of modern dictatorships in the 20th century. The core of its content consists of studies in history, relevant social sciences, and subsequently, reviews, interviews, documents, discussions, reports. Securitas Imperii is published twice a year by the Institute for the Study of Totalitarian Regimes (Siwiecova 2, Praha 3, 130 00; IČ 74112779) since 2009 from issue 15. The magazine does not publish ads and is funded from the publisher’s budget.

Scope area:

The editors of the magazine accept contributions devoted to studying long-term processes and key events of modern dictatorships. Studies dealing with various forms of totalitarian and authoritarian regimes, especially Nazi and Communist, are especially welcome. A common feature of modern dictatorships is the various mechanisms of control, i.e. the various forms of power in a society that needs to be analysed in all political, social or cultural contexts. The journal is based on the assumption that historical memory and experience with modern dictatorships cannot be examined within one state’s borders. Thus, Securitas Imperii is intended not only for the Czech but also for the world professional public. Securitas Imperii is an international platform for an open, multi-perspective and interdisciplinary dialogue on society, culture, politics, the economy, and everyday lives in modern dictatorships.

The following sub-topics fall under this general intention:

  • analysis of the power takeover by modern dictatorships, including broader cultural and social contexts
  • the repressive components functioning of modern dictatorships, including an analysis of their impact’s broader social context
  • history of all resistance forms and dissent to dictatorships
  • principles of governing and governments legitimacy in modern dictatorships
  • examining the experience of all kinds of actors of modern dictatorships (members of the ruling class, the opposition, broad social classes, etc.)
  • comparisons across regimes within the framework of one or more states
  • searching for continuities and discontinuities in the transition between individual political regimes
  • structures and transformations of power in modern dictatorships
  • historical memory and reflections on modern dictatorships
  • totalitarian and authoritarian tendencies and elements in democratic regimes, including the contemporary ones