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Prague Territories

Author : Scott Spector
ISBN : 9780520236929
Genre : History
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This cultural history maps the "territories" carved out by German-Jewish artists and intellectuals living in Prague at the dawn of the 20th century. It explores the social, cultural, and ideological contexts in which Franz Kafka and his contemporaries flourished.
Category: History


Author : Charles Bryant
ISBN : 9780674258839
Genre : History
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A poignant reflection on alienation and belonging, told through the lives of five remarkable people who struggled against nationalism and intolerance in one of Europe’s most stunning cities. What does it mean to belong somewhere? For many of Prague’s inhabitants, belonging has been linked to the nation, embodied in the capital city. Grandiose medieval buildings and monuments to national heroes boast of a glorious, shared history. Past governments, democratic and Communist, layered the city with architecture that melded politics and nationhood. Not all inhabitants, however, felt included in these efforts to nurture national belonging. Socialists, dissidents, Jews, Germans, and Vietnamese—all have been subject to hatred and political persecution in the city they called home. Chad Bryant tells the stories of five marginalized individuals who, over the last two centuries, forged their own notions of belonging in one of Europe’s great cities. An aspiring guidebook writer, a German-speaking newspaperman, a Bolshevik carpenter, an actress of mixed heritage who came of age during the Communist terror, and a Czech-speaking Vietnamese blogger: none of them is famous, but their lives are revealing. They speak to tensions between exclusionary nationalism and on-the-ground diversity. In their struggles against alienation and dislocation, they forged alternative communities in cafes, workplaces, and online. While strolling park paths, joining political marches, or writing about their lives, these outsiders came to embody a city that, on its surface, was built for others. A powerful and creative meditation on place and nation, the individual and community, Prague envisions how cohesion and difference might coexist as it acknowledges a need common to all.
Category: History

Prague Panoramas

Author : Cynthia Paces
ISBN : 9780822977674
Genre : History
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Prague Panoramas examines the creation of Czech nationalism through monuments, buildings, festivals, and protests in the public spaces of the city during the twentieth century. These “sites of memory” were attempts by civic, religious, cultural, and political forces to create a cohesive sense of self for a country and a people torn by war, foreign occupation, and internal strife. The Czechs struggled to define their national identity throughout the modern era. Prague, the capital of a diverse area comprising Czechs, Slovaks, Germans, Poles, Ruthenians, and Romany as well as various religious groups including Catholics, Protestants, and Jews, became central to the Czech domination of the region and its identity. These struggles have often played out in violent acts, such as the destruction of religious monuments, or the forced segregation and near extermination of Jews. During the twentieth century, Prague grew increasingly secular, yet leaders continued to look to religious figures such as Jan Hus and Saint Wenceslas as symbols of Czech heritage. Hus, in particular, became a paladin in the struggle for Czech independence from the Habsburg Empire and Austrian Catholicism. Through her extensive archival research and personal fieldwork, Cynthia Paces offers a panoramic view of Prague as the cradle of Czech national identity, seen through a vast array of memory sites and objects. From the Gothic Saint Vitus Cathedral, to the Communist Party's reconstruction of Jan Hus's Bethlehem Chapel, to the 1969 self-immolation of student Jan Palach in protest of Soviet occupation, to the Hosková plaque commemorating the deportation of Jews from Josefov during the Holocaust, Paces reveals the iconography intrinsic to forming a collective memory and the meaning of being a Czech. As her study discerns, that meaning has yet to be clearly defined, and the search for identity continues today.
Category: History

The Czechs And The Lands Of The Bohemian Crown

Author : Hugh LeCaine Agnew
ISBN : STANFORD:36105119468853
Genre : History
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The collapse of the communist regimes in Eastern Europe literally on the TV screens of the American public has led to a new interest in the history of the region, and Czechoslovakia in particular seems to have inspired a special sentiment among Americans. In The Czechs and the Lands of the Bohemian Crown, Hugh Agnew offers The first up-to-date single-volume history of the Czechs, providing an introduction to the major themes and contours of Czech history for the general reader A scholarly synthesis of Czech history that takes into account both Western and Marxist insights—as well as the input of the newest generation of Czech historians A comprehensive fusion of three different focuses on Czech history: a political-diplomatic view, a social-economic view, and a cultural-intellectual view The most detailed chronology of the region currently available, from prehistory and the first Slavs to the Czech Republic's entrance into the European Union
Category: History

Language And Negativity In European Modernism

Author : Shane Weller
ISBN : 9781108671033
Genre : Literary Criticism
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This book charts the history of a distinct strain of European literary modernism that emerged out of a radical re-engagement with late nineteenth-century language scepticism. Focusing first on the literary and philosophical strands of this language-sceptical tradition, the book proceeds to trace the various forms of linguistic negativism deployed by European writers in the interwar and post-war years, including Franz Kafka, Georges Bataille, Samuel Beckett, Maurice Blanchot, Paul Celan, and W. G. Sebald. Through close analyses of these and other writers' attempts to capture an 'unspeakable' experience, Language and Negativity in European Modernism explores the remarkable literary attempt to deploy the negative potentialities of language in order to articulate an experience of what, shortly after the Second World War, Beckett described as a vision of 'humanity in ruins'.
Category: Literary Criticism

Tearing Down Prague S Jewish Town

Author : Cathleen M. Giustino
ISBN : UOM:39015058096440
Genre : History
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Based upon a rich array of rare documents, this book examines the local social and ethnic interest-group struggles that fueled the large-scale destruction and reconstruction of the city's former Jewish ghetto in 1887.
Category: History

Disputed Territories And Shared Pasts

Author : Tibor Frank
ISBN : IND:30000127501165
Genre : History
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National historical writings in Europe traditionally deal with acts of aggression, hostile neighbours and international conflicts across borders, presenting history as a narrative of suffering and victories. For centuries, national histories have been constructed as sequences of battles and wars, with war heroes playing key roles. Yet, major victories for any one nation invariably cause tragedies for others. Historians in different national communities have written comparable histories about their shared pasts in contested territories: it is this phenomenon that we call 'overlapping national histories' in this book. Disputed Territories, Shared Pasts focuses on the historiographical overlaps in Europe, presenting many of the contested areas alongside state borders, in historical regions between states, and among ethnic groups and nations within states. Sponsored by the European Science Foundation, the present volume is part of the Writing the Nation series, a major international project on the history of historiography in Europe. -- Back cover.
Category: History

Book Review Digest

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ISBN : UOM:39015078261925
Genre : Bibliography
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The Living Age

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ISBN : CORNELL:31924067323794
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Reluctant Dissidents

Author : Joshua A. Kysiak
ISBN : WISC:89079350633
Genre :
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Prague Winter

Author : Nikolaus Martin
ISBN : UOM:39015018929649
Genre : Bohemia (Czech Republic)
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Category: Bohemia (Czech Republic)

The Prague Castle

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ISBN : UOM:39015050047185
Genre : Castles
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Category: Castles

Mobile Modernity

Author : Todd Samuel Presner
ISBN : NWU:35556038058798
Genre : History
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"Treating the German railway as both an iconic symbol of modernity and a crucial social, technological, and political force, Presner advances a groundbreaking interpretation of the ways in which mobility is inextricably linked to German and Jewish visions of modernity. Moving beyond the tired model of a failed German-Jewish dialogue, Presner emphasizes the mutual entanglement of the very categories of German and Jewish and the many sites of contact and exchange that occurred between German and Jewish thinkers." "Rather than a conventional, linear history that culminates in the tragedy of the Holocaust, Presner produces a cultural mapping that articulates a much more complex story of the hopes and catastrophes of mobile modernity. By focusing on the spaces of encounter emblematically represented by the overdetermined triangulation of Germans, Jews, and trains, he introduces a new genealogy for the study of European and German-Jewish modernity."--Jacket.
Category: History

Judaica Bohemiae

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ISBN : PSU:000065097915
Genre : Jews
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Category: Jews