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History of the Czech Lands (New) (Paperback)

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Though the Czech Republic is a young nation, the areas within and just outside its modern borders boast an ancient and intricate past. A History of the Czech Lands provides one of the most complete historical accounts of this region to date. This history begins in the Neolithic era and follows the development of the state as it transformed into the Kingdom of Bohemia during the ninth century, into Czechoslovakia after World War I, and finally into the Czech Republic. Such a tumultuous political past arises in part from a fascinating native people, and A History of the Czech Lands profiles the Czechs in great detail, delving into past and present traditions and explaining how generation after generation adapted to a perpetually changing government and economy. In addition, the authors examine the many minorities that now call these lands home—Jews, Slovaks, Poles, Germans, Ukrainians, and others—and how each group’s migration to the region contributed to life in the Czech Republic today.
 
The second edition includes sixty new photographs and a new chapter detailing the transformation of this post-communist country into a member of the European Union. The only study in English of this scope and ambition, A History of the Czech Lands is essential for scholars of Slavic, Central, and East European studies and a must-read for those who trace their ancestry to these lands.
Born January 1, 1993 after it split with Slovakia, the Czech Republic is one of the youngest members of the European Union. Despite its youth as a new state, this land and the areas just outside its modern borders boast an ancient and intricate past. With A History of the Czech Lands, editors Jaroslav Pánek and Oldrich Tuma?along with several scholars from the Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic and Charles University?provide one of the most complete historical accounts of this region to date.

Pánek and Tuma?s history begins in the Neolithic era and follows the development of the state as it transformed into the Kingdom of Bohemia during the ninth century, into a part of the Austro-Hungarian Empire, into Czechoslovakia after World War I, and finally into the Czech Republic. Such a tumultuous political past arises in part from a fascinating native people, and A History of the Czech Lands profiles the Czechs in great detail, delving into past and present traditions and explaining how generation after generation adapted to a perpetually changing government and economy. In addition, contributors examine the many minorities that now call these lands home?Jews, Slovaks, Poles, Germans, Ukrainians, and others?and how each group?s migration to the region has contributed to life in the Czech Republic today.

With sixty fresh illustrations and an additional chapter examining the transformation of the Czech Republic from a post-communist country into a member of the EU, this new edition of A History of the Czech Lands will be essential for scholars of Slavic, Central, and East European studies and a must-read for those who trace their ancestry to these lands.
Edition: New
Number of Pages: 650
Genre: History
Sub-Genre: Europe / Eastern
Format: Paperback
Publisher: Univ of Chicago Pr
Language: English
Street Date: December 15, 2017
TCIN: 16162045
UPC: 9788024622279
Item Number (DPCI): 247-25-8744
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