The Coasts of Bohemia: A Czech History

The Coasts of Bohemia: A Czech History

by Derek Sayer
     
 

ISBN-10: 0691057605

ISBN-13: 9780691057606

Pub. Date: 03/23/1998

Publisher: Princeton University Press

In The Winter's Tale, Shakespeare gave the landlocked country of Bohemia a coastline - a famous and, to Czechs, typical example of foreigners' ignorance of the Czech homeland. Although the lands that were once the Kingdom of Bohemia lie at the heart of Europe, Czechs are usually encountered only in the margins of other people's stories. In The Coasts of Bohemia…  See more details below

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In The Winter's Tale, Shakespeare gave the landlocked country of Bohemia a coastline - a famous and, to Czechs, typical example of foreigners' ignorance of the Czech homeland. Although the lands that were once the Kingdom of Bohemia lie at the heart of Europe, Czechs are usually encountered only in the margins of other people's stories. In The Coasts of Bohemia, Derek Sayer reverses this perspective. Sayer shows that Bohemia has long been a theater of European conflict. It has been a cradle of Protestantism and a bulwark of the Counter-Reformation; an Austrian imperial province and a proudly Slavic national state; the most easterly democracy in Europe and a westerly outlier of the Soviet bloc. The complexities of its location have given rise to profound (and often profoundly comic) reflections on the modern condition. Franz Kafka, Jaroslav Hasek, Karel Capek and Milan Kundera are all products of its spirit of place. Sayer describes how Bohemia's ambiguities and contradictions are those of Europe itself, and he considers the ironies of viewing Europe, the West, and modernity from the vantage point of a country that has been too often ignored.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780691057606
Publisher:
Princeton University Press
Publication date:
03/23/1998
Pages:
408
Product dimensions:
6.41(w) x 9.48(h) x 1.33(d)

Table of Contents

LIST OF MAPS AND ILLUSTRATIONS
ACKNOWLEDGMENTS
A NOTE ON CZECH PRONUNCIATION
BEARINGS
ONE The Company of Our Great Minds
A Great Artist and a Great Czech
The End of Culture
Faithful We Shall Remain
TWO Materials of Memory
The Crown of Saint Wenceslas
Against All
Three Hundred Years We Suffered
THREE Rebirth
The Count's National Theater
Enlightenment
Home Cooking
FOUR Mirrors of Identity
A Burghers' Banquet
The Affordable National Library
Little Golden Chapel on the Vltava
A Cathedral and a Fortress
A Procession of Servant Girls
Palacky's Looking-Glass
A Discovery in Dvur Kralove
Memories of Ivancice
FIVE Modernisms and Modernities
Futurist Manifestos
Guten Tag und auf Wiedersehen
The Completion of Saint Vitus's
New Hussite Armies
The International Style
Emily Comes in a Dream
SIX Eternal Returns
The Art of Remaining Standing
Grave Far Away
Bila hora Redressed--Again
SEVEN Future Perfect
Neither the Swan nor the Moon
Prayer for Marta
The Lineup for Meat
In the Land Where Tomorrow Already Means Yesterday
Father Ales and Old Mr. Jirasek
Children's Eyes and Fiery Tongues
Love Is at Work It Is Tireless
NOTES
SOURCES
INDEX

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