Janko Prunk

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Janko Prunk () (born December 30, 1942) is a Slovenian historian of modern history. He has published articles and monographs on analytical politology, modern history, the genesis of modern political formations, and the history of social and political philosophy in Slovenia. He has also written on the history of political movements in Slovenia from the end of 19th century until World War II, especially about Slovene Christian socialism and the history of Slovenian national questions.


Prunk was born in the small settlement of Loka pri Zidanem Mostu (part of the municipality of Sevnica), in central Slovenia, which was then the German-occupied Lower Styria. Prunk started going to primary school in his birth place. After fourth grade, he shifted to the school in nearby Radeče. He continued his secondary education at Gymnasium in Celje. Graduating from history and sociology at the University of Ljubljana in 1966. He was recruited into Yugoslav People's Army in Sisak, Socialist Republic of Croatia in the years 1966/67. He obtained his Master's degree from University of Ljubljana in 1972. In 1976, he obtained his PhD with a thesis on the relationship between the Slovenian Christian Socialist movement and the Communist Party of Slovenia within the Liberation Front of the Slovenian People, which was still a controversial topic at that time. In 1984 and 1988, Prunk was awarded scholarships by the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation, which enabled him to continue his...
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