Bohemia in History

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Overview

This original collection of essays offers an account of key moments and themes in the history of the Czech Lands from the ninth century to the fall of socialism in 1989. The essays, commissioned specially for this volume, are almost all written by prominent scholars teaching and researching in the present-day Czech Republic, and there is no comparable book in English on the subject. Topics range from the great Bohemian courts of the medieval and early modern periods, to the nationalist revival, and the dramatic ethnic upheavals of modern times.

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"The work of a gifted editor and a score of Czech scholars who share a common history of having suffered injustice, ostracism, intellectual constraint, and academic persecution during communist rule in Czechoslovakia—especially after 1968—this volume of 18 essays presents a strikingly original picture of Czech history and culture." Choice

"...the essays are written in a style that is clear and avoids the use of cumbersome jargon...The collection is almost entirely free of anything that might be considered patriotic chestbeating or ranting nationalism." Andrew M. Drozd, Slavic and East European Journal

"All of these essays are highly scholarly pieces of work....The English translations are uniformly excellent..." Slavic Review

"...handsomely produced volume..." American Historical Review

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780521431552
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
  • Publication date: 12/28/1998
  • Pages: 408
  • Product dimensions: 5.98 (w) x 8.98 (h) x 1.06 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction Mikulás Teich; 1. Boiohaemum - Cechy Jirí Sláma; 2. The making of the Czech state: Bohemia and Moravia from the tenth to the fourteenth centuries Jaroslav Mezník and Zdenek Merínsky; 3. Politics and culture under Charles IV Frantisek Kavka; 4. The Hussite movement: an anomaly of European history? Frantisek Smahel; 5. The monarchy of the estates Josef Macek; 6. Rudolfine culture Josef Válka; 7. The White Mountain as a symbol in modern Czech history Josef Petrán and Lydia Petránová; 8. The alchemy of happiness: the Enlightenment in the Moravian context Jirí Kroupa; 9. Problems and paradoxes of the national revival Vladimír Macura; 10. Czech society 1848–1918 Otto Urban; 11. The university professors and students in nineteenth-century Bohemia Jan Havránek; 12. Science in a bilingual country Irena Seidlerová; 13. The rise and fall of a democracy Robert Kvacek; 14. The Protectorate of Bohemia and Moravia (1939–45): the economic dimension Alice Teichova; 15. Czechoslovakia behind the Iron Curtain (1945–89) Milan Otáhal; 16. Changes in identity: Germans in Bohemia and Moravia in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries Jan Kren; 17. Czechs and Jews Helena Krejcová 18. Czechs and Slovaks in modern history Dusan Kovác.

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