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Ireland and the Czech Lands

Contacts and Comparisons in History and Culture


Edited By Gerald Power and Ondrej Pilny

In recent years Irish scholars have become increasingly interested in Ireland’s profound and ongoing relationship with continental Europe. This volume is the first multidisciplinary collection of essays on Irish comparisons and contacts with the Czech Lands from the early modern period to contemporary times. Written by leading specialists and emerging scholars, the essays explore Irish-Czech exchanges and parallels in a variety of fields including history, politics, literature, theatre, journalism and physical education. Collectively, these essays demonstrate that Ireland and the Czech Lands have much in common and that they have enjoyed deep cultural connections: both countries are small European states with imperial pasts and a tradition of mutual migration and cultural transfer. Until now, however, Czech-Irish commonalities and connections have largely been overshadowed by both countries’ interactions with bigger, more powerful nations. This book remedies this neglect, offering new research which not only sheds light on Irish-Czech connections and contacts, but also offers new perspectives on the positions of both societies within the wider European context.


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image: Statue of St Patrick (c. 1749) near the castle at Karviná–Fryštát, formerly owned by the Taaffe family. Photograph by Kazimierz Gajdzica. Reprinted by kind permission. © Peter Lang AG, International Academic Publishers, Bern 2014 Hochfeldstrasse 32, CH-3012 Bern, Switzerland,, All rights reserved. All parts of this publication are protected by copyright. Any utilisation outside the strict limits of the copyright law, without the permission of the publisher, is forbidden and liable to prosecution. This applies in particular to reproductions, translations, microfilming, and storage and processing in electronic retrieval systems. This publication has been peer reviewed. Printed in Germany Bibliographic information published by Die Deutsche Nationalbibliothek. Die Deutsche Nationalbibliothek lists this publication in the Deutsche National bibliografie; detailed bibliographic data is available on the Internet at A catalogue record for this book is available from the British Library. Library of Congress Cataloging-in-Publication Data: Power, Gerald. Ireland and the Czech Lands : Contacts and Comparisons in History and Culture / Gerald Power and Ondrej Pilný. pages cm. -- (Reimagining Ireland ; 49) Includes bibliographical references and index. ISBN 978-3-0343-1701-6 (alk. paper) 1. English literature--Irish authors--History and criticism. 2. Czech literature--History and criticism. 3. Comparative literature--Irish and Czech. 4. Comparative literature--Czech and Irish. 5. Literature and society--Ireland--History. 6. Literature and society--Czech Republic--History. 7. Ireland--Civilization. 8. Czech Republic--Civilization. I. Pilný, Ondrej. II. Title. PR8719.P69 2013 820.9’9415--dc23 2013030957

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