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The Czech Reader,9780822347941

The Czech Reader

Format: Paperback
Pub. Date: 11/22/2010
Publisher(s): Duke Univ Pr


The Czech Readerbrings 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 Slav-speaking Czechs have lived for more than a millennium surrounded on three sides by German-speaking people. 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 inThe Czech Readerinclude 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 Vaacute;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 "Let Us Rejoice," the most famous chorus from Bedrich Smetanars"s comic operaThe Bartered Bride; a letter the composer Antoniacute;n Dvoraacute;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 Kunderars"sThe Joke. Intended for travelers, students, and scholars alike,The Czech Readeris a rich introduction to the turbulent history and resilient culture of the Czech people.

Author Biography

Jan Bazant is a senior researcher at the Institute of Philosophy in Prague. He was previously director of the Institute for Classical Studies. Nina Bazantov 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.

Table of Contents

List of Illustrationsp. xi
Acknowledgmentsp. xv
Guide to Pronunciationp. xvii
Introductionp. 1
Between Myth and History (The Premyslid Dynasty)p. 7
Report on a Journey to Prague in 965p. 13
Legend of Saints, Cyril, Methodius, Wenceslas, Ludmila, Kristiánp. 17
Bohemian Chronicle, Cosmas of Praguep. 20
Letter to Agnes of Prague, Clare of Assisip. 26
Navel of the Earth (Charles IV-Václav TV)p. 31
Chronicle of the Prague Church, Beneż Krabice of Veitmilep. 35
The Ointment Seller, Anonymousp. 39
Tkadlecek, Anonymousp. 43
Against Everyone (The Hussite Revolution)p. 47
Letter to the Czechs, Jan Husp. 51
Who Are God's Warriors?, Anonymousp. 54
Letter to the Hussites, Joan of Arcp. 56
The Net of Faith, Petr Chelcickýp. 58
Struggles for Court, City, Country (Vladislav II Jagiellon-Rudolph II)p. 67
The Dove and the Painted Tablet, Elizabeth Jane Westonp. 75
To the Memory of Tycho Brahe, Jan Campanusp. 76
Description of Prague during the Time of Rudolph II, Pierre Bergeronp. 77
Letter of Majesty, Rudolph IIp. 80
Defeated Protestants, Victorious Catholics (Ferdinand II-Charles VI)p. 83
Labyrinth of the World and Paradise of the Heart, Jan Amos Komenskýp. 90
Jan of Nepomuk, Bohuslav Balbínp. 96
The Rakovník Christmas Play, Anonymousp. 100
From the Enlightenment to Romantic Nationalism (Maria Theresa-Revolution of 1848)p. 111
On Slav Nations, Johann Gottfried Herderp. 123
Manuscript of Zelená Hora, Anonymousp. 126
Home Cookery, Magdalena Dobromila Rettigováp. 131
History of the Czech Nation in Bohemia and Moravia, Frantisek Palackýp. 133
May, Karel Hynek Máchap. 137
Where Is My Home? Josef Kajetán Tylp. 142
Defeated Politicians, Victorious Intellectuals (1848-1867)p. 145
Water Sprite, Karel Jaromír Erbenp. 157
The Grandmother, Bozena Nemcováp. 165
Let Us Rejoice, libretto, Karel Sdbina; music, Bedrich Smetanap. 182
From National Self Determination to Cosmopolitanism (1867-1918)p. 187
The Three Liliesp. 207
The Ballad of Blaníkp. 210
Late towards Morningp. 214
Letter from the New Worldp. 216
Golemp. 219
A Report to an Academyp. 223
The Sole Workp. 231
Marycka Magdonovap. 235
The First Czechoslovak Republic (1918-1938)p. 239
The Fateful Adventures of the Good Soldier Svejkp. 259
R.U.R.p. 268
Valerie and Her Week of Wondersp. 279
Summer of Capricep. 288
Between Hitler and Stalin (1938-1948)p. 295
On the Munich Agreementp. 307
At the Tomb of the Czech Kingsp. 310
Life with a Starp. 312
On the Elimination of the Czech Nationp. 321
The Cowardsp. 327
They Cut Off the Little Boy's Hairp. 333
ôIdealö Socialism (1948-1968)p. 335
From the Last Lettersp. 349
Cigarettep. 351
Prometheus's Liverp. 353
A Night with Hamletp. 355
The Garden Partyp. 363
The Jokep. 372
Two Thousand Words, May 27, 1968p. 376
Close the Gate, Little Brotherp. 383
ôRealö Socialism (1968-1989)p. 385
Magic Praguep. 399
In-House Weddingsp. 405
The Head of the Virgin Maryp. 416
What Are the Czechs?p. 419
Charter 77, Charter 77 Initiativep. 429
Czech Dream Bookp. 434
Politics and Consciencep. 440
Kultura/Culturep. 457
Utzp. 461
The Decades after the Velvet Revolution (1989-2009)p. 463
City Sister Silverp. 473
Prague 1989: Theater of Revolutionp. 484
German-Czech Declarationp. 489
After the Revolutionp. 493
Europeana: A Brief History of the Twentieth Centuryp. 500
Epiloguep. 503
Suggestions for Further Readingp. 507
Acknowledgment of Copyright and Sourcesp. 521
Indexp. 529
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