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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 Václav 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 “Let Us Rejoice,” the most famous chorus from Bedřich Smetana’s comic opera The Bartered Bride; a letter the composer Antonín Dvořák 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 Kundera’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.

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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.

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The Czech Reader is a real gem, an immensely informative, balanced, and up-to-date compendium on Czech history and culture.”—John Neubauer, University of Amsterdam
“There is nothing comparable to The Czech Reader. It makes a unique and highly valuable contribution to understanding the Czech interpretation of their own history, of who they are and what historical events constituted them as a nation and a people.”—Silvia Tomášková, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill

Product Details

ISBN:
9780822347941
Author:
Bazant, Jan
Publisher:
Duke University Press
Editor:
Ba[ant, Jan
Editor:
Ba[antov, Nina
Editor:
Starn, Frances
Author:
Jan Ba&#382
Author:
Starn, Orin
Author:
Nina Ba&#382
Author:
Ant
Author:
Starn, Frances
Author:
ant, Jan
Author:
antov&aacute
Author:
Kirk, Robin
Author:
Nina
Author:
Ba&#382
Subject:
Eastern Europe - General
Subject:
Europe - Eastern
Subject:
World History-Eastern Europe
Edition Description:
Trade Paper
Series:
World Readers
Publication Date:
20101231
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
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 » Europe » Eastern Europe » Czechoslovakia
History and Social Science » Sociology » Regional Studies
History and Social Science » World History » Eastern Europe
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