The Czechs and the Lands of the Bohemian Crown

The Czechs and the Lands of the Bohemian Crown

Author: Hugh Agnew
ISBN: 978-0-8179-4492-6
Publication Date: 9/24/2004
Pages: 441

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
Hugh Agnew is an associate professor of history and international affairs and associate dean of Academic Programs at the Elliott School of International Affairs, George Washington University. Recognized as an expert in Eastern European history, he has appeared on C-SPAN, Voice of America's Czech service, and Radio Prague.


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Hugh Agnew

Hugh Agnew is an associate professor of history and international affairs and associate dean of Academic Programs at the Elliott School of International Affairs, George Washington University. Recognized as an expert in Eastern European history, he has appeared on C-SPAN, Voice of America's Czech service, and Radio Prague.



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By Hugh Agnew

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September 2004
441 pages


The Czech lands and the Czechs—from the first Slavs to the European Union

In this much-needed chronicle of a fascinating people, 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.

Agnew presents 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. Taking into account both Western and Marxist insights—as well as the input of the newest generation of Czech historians—he furnishes a comprehensive fusion of three different focuses on Czech history: a political-diplomatic view, a social-economic view, and a cultural-intellectual view.

Hugh Agnew is an associate professor of history and international affairs and associate dean of Academic Programs at the Elliott School of International Affairs, George Washington University. Recognized as an expert in Eastern European history, he has appeared on C-SPAN, Voice of America's Czech service, and Radio Prague.

 


TABLE OF CONTENTS


 

List of Illustrations

ix

 

List of Maps

xi

 

List of Tables

xiii

 

Foreword—Wayne S. Vucinich

xv

 

Preface

xix

 

List of Abbreviations

xxiii

 

A Guide to Czech Pronunciation

xxvii

PART ONE
BEGINNINGS

1

Maps, Epochs, Seers, and Saints

3

2

Dukes and Kings

15

PART TWO
GOLDEN AGES AND TIMES OF DARKNESS

3

King Foreigner and Pater Patriae

29

4

Kingdom of Heretics, or, Against All

39

5

Recovery and Renaissance

55

6

Rebellion and Catastrophe

68

PART THREE
UNDER THE DOUBLE EAGLE

7

Reform, Revolution, and Reaction

83

8

The "Springtime of Nations"

102

9

Viribus Unitis

124

10

Fin-de-Siècle and Empire’s End

146

PART FOUR
THE CENTURY OF "ISMS"

11

An Island of Democracy?

175

12

From One Totalitarianism to Another

203

13

Victorious February and Tragic August

233

14

The Gray Years

261

15

Velvet Revolution to Velvet Divorce

284

16

Alone at Last

307

 

Notes

333

 

Bibliographyr

379

 

Index

415


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Agnew, Hugh LeCaine.
The Czechs and the lands of the Bohemian crown / by Hugh
Agnew.
p. cm.— (Studies of nationalities) (Hoover Institution Press
publication ; no. 526)
Includes bibliographical references and index.
ISBN 0-8179-4491-5 (alk. paper)—
ISBN 0-8179-4492-3 (pbk.; alk. paper)
1. Czech Republic—History. I. Title. II. Series. III.
Series: Hoover Institution Press publication ; 526.

DB2063.A35 2004

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