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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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The publication of this volume was kindly supported by Metropolitan University Prague. The editors would like to thank Eamon Maher, series editor, and Christabel Scaife at Peter Lang for their assistance in bringing this project to completion. Gratitude is due to the institutions and indi- viduals listed below who have generously permitted the reprinting of the visual material. Image Credits Cover image Statue of St Patrick (c. 1749) near the castle at Karviná – Fryštát, formerly owned by the Taaf fe family. Photograph by Kazimierz Gajdzica. Reprinted by kind permission. Brňovják Figure 1. Reprinted by permission of the Bildarchiv of the Österreichische Nationalbibliothek, Austria. Figure 2. Private collection of Michael Hannan, Ireland. Reprinted by kind permission. viii Acknowledgments Figure 3. Reprinted by permission of the Bildarchiv of the Austrian National Library. Figure 4. Private collection of František Vlk, Czech Republic. Reprinted by kind permission. Kuchařová and Pařez Figure 1. Strahov Library, Prague, Graphic Collection no. 1634/2013. Reprinted by permission of the Strahov Library. Mánek Figure 1. Image courtesy of the National Library of the Czech Republic. Text in the public domain. Pilný Figure 1. © Karel Čapek (heirs). Drawing in the public domain. Figure 2. Courtesy of the National Theatre Archive, Prague. Figure 3. © Miloň Novotný (heirs). Courtesy of the Photography Collection, Arts and Theatre Institute, Prague. Reprinted by kind permission of Anna Novotná. Figure 4. © Jaroslav Krejčí (heirs). Courtesy of the Photography Collection, Arts and Theatre Institute, Prague. Reprinted by kind permission of...

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