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The Czech Reader: History, Culture, Politics (World Readers)

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The Czech Reader brings together more than 150 primary texts and illustrations to convey the dramatic history of the Czechs, from the emergence of the Czech state in the tenth century, through the creation of Czechoslovakia in 1918 and the Czech Republic in 1993, into the twenty-first century. The Czechs have preserved their language, traditions, and customs, despite their incorporation into the Holy Roman Empire, the Habsburg Empire, the Austro-Hungarian Empire, the Third Reich, and the Eastern Bloc. Organized chronologically, the selections in The Czech Reader include the letter to the Czech people written by the religious reformer and national hero Jan Hus in 1415, and Charter 77, the fundamental document of an influential anticommunist initiative launched in 1977 in reaction to the arrest of the Plastic People of the Universe, an underground rock band. There is a speech given in 1941 by Reinhard Heydrich, a senior Nazi official and Deputy Reich Protector of Bohemia and Moravia, as well as one written by Vandaacute;clav Havel in 1984 for an occasion abroad, but read by the Czech-born British dramatist Tom Stoppard, since Havel, the dissident playwright and future national leader, was not allowed to leave Czechoslovakia. Among the songs, poems, folklore, fiction, plays, paintings, and photographs of monuments and architectural landmarks are andldquo;Let Us Rejoice,andrdquo; the most famous chorus from Bedand#345;ich Smetanaandrsquo;s comic opera The Bartered Bride; a letter the composer Antonandiacute;n Dvoand#345;andaacute;k sent from New York, where he directed the National Conservatory of Music in the 1890s; a story by Franz Kafka; and an excerpt from Milan Kunderaandrsquo;s The Joke. Intended for travelers, students, and scholars alike, The Czech Reader is a rich introduction to the turbulent history and resilient culture of the Czech people.

Synopsis:

An interdisciplinary anthology that includes many primary materials never before published in English.

Synopsis:

Introduces the history, culture, and politics of the Czech people through more than 150 primary texts and images.

About the Author

Jan Baand#382;ant is a senior researcher at the Institute of Philosophy in Prague. He was previously director of the Institute for Classical Studies.

Nina Baand#382;antovandaacute; is an art historian and former curator of historical textiles at the Museum of Applied Arts in Prague.

Frances Starn is a writer living in Berkeley, California.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780822347798
Author:
Bazant, Jan
Publisher:
Duke University Press
Editor:
Ba[ant, Jan
Editor:
Ba[antov, Nina
Editor:
Starn, Frances
Author:
Kirk, Robin
Author:
antovand#225
Author:
Nina
Author:
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Author:
Baand#382
Author:
Jan Ba&#382
Author:
Starn, Orin
Author:
Nina Ba&#382
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Author:
Ant
Author:
Starn, Frances
Author:
ant, Jan
Author:
Jan Baand#382
Author:
antov&aacute
Subject:
Eastern Europe - General
Subject:
Czechoslovakia History.
Subject:
Czechoslovakia Politics and government.
Subject:
Eastern Europe - Czech Republic & Slovakia
Subject:
Europe - Eastern
Subject:
World History-Eastern Europe
Edition Description:
Trade Cloth
Series:
World Readers
Publication Date:
20101231
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Language:
English
Illustrations:
64 bandw photos, 8 page color insert, 6
Pages:
568
Dimensions:
9.25 x 6.13 in

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History and Social Science » Politics » United States » Politics
History and Social Science » Sociology » Regional Studies
History and Social Science » World History » Eastern Europe
History and Social Science » World History » General

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