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Castle and Cathedral in Modern Prague : Longing for the Sacred in a Skeptical Age (Hardcover) (Bruce R.
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While surveys show Czechs as the least religious in the world, religious scholars find that they do hold some belief. Berglund investigates a pivotal period in the history of Somethingism--something sacred, eternal, and higher. Somethingism has a history. There are common aspects of it in the writings of Czech intellectuals: belief in a providential movement to history, appreciation of the moral teachings of Jesus, and the insistence on a spiritual element to human existence. Berglund examines the two decades of interwar Czechoslovakia, known as the First Republic, which has been idealized as a golden age. The book focuses at the level of individual religious experience, in particular Tomas Masaryk (1850-1937), Joze Plecnick (1872-1957), and Alice Garrigue Masarykova (1879-1966). The center of the one lasting manifestation of these three figures’ shared ideals is the Prague Castle. The first part of the book consists of three biographical chapters introducing each of the principal characters: Masaryk, the first Czech president, Plecnik, the architect, and Alice, Masaryk’s daughter, the social worker. The second examines the principals in the context of interwar Prague. Annotation ©2017 Ringgold, Inc., Portland, OR (protoview.com)
Number of Pages: 372
Genre: History, Social Science
Publisher: Ceu Pr Kis-Buda Ctr Nonprofit Kft
Author: Bruce R. Berglund
Street Date: May 18, 2017
Item Number (DPCI): 248-32-1681
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