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Ireland and the Czech Lands

Contacts and Comparisons in History and Culture

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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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Acknowledgments vii Gerald Power and Ondřej Pilný Ireland and the Czech Lands: An Introduction 1 Gerald Power Monarchy, Nobility and State Formation in Bohemia and Ireland, c. 1526–1609 25 Jiří Brňovják The Integration of Irish Aristocratic Émigré Families in the Czech Lands, c. 1650–1945: Selected Case Studies 55 Hedvika Kuchařová and Jan Pařez The Last Community: Irish Franciscans after the Dissolution of the Prague College, 1786 85 Martina Power From Indirect to Direct Comparison: Bohemian-Irish Analogies in German and British Travel Writing, c. 1750–1850 101 Lili Zách Irish Intellectuals and Independent Czechoslovakia in the Interwar Period: Ref lections in Catholic Journals 121 vi Daniel Samek The Czech Sokol Gymnastic Programme in Ireland, c. 1900–1950 139 Bohuslav Mánek The Czech Reception of Irish Poetry and Prose, c. 1790–2013 153 Justin Quinn California Dreaming: Miroslav Holub and Seamus Heaney 177 Ondřej Pilný Irish Drama in the Czech Lands, c. 1900–2013 201 Notes on Contributors 223 Index 227

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