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1936 – 1959

Completed his primary schooling. Because of his "bourgeois" background, options for higher education were limited in the communist-ruled Czechoslovakia.
1951 – 1955
Worked as a chemical laboratory technician while attending evening classes at a high school from which he graduated in 1954.
1955 – 1957
Studied at the Economics Faculty of the Czech Technical University in Prague.
1957 – 1959
Military service in the Czechoslovak Army. First literary works.


Václav Havel

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