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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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Jiří Brňovják is Assistant Professor at the Department of History and the Centre for Economic and Social History at the University of Ostrava. His primary research area is the nobility of the Czech Lands in the early modern period, with a particular focus on noble society, ennoblement procedures and heraldry in Moravia and Upper Silesia. Dr Brňovják is the co-editor of several books on noble culture in Moravia and Silesia, and is the author of the forthcoming monograph, Kvaterny majestátů moravských desk zemských, 1642–1848 [The Majesty Volumes of the Moravian Land Books], to be published by Filozofická fakulta Ostravské univerzity v Ostravě. Hedvika Kuchařová is a librarian at the Strahov Monastery in Prague. She holds Master’s degrees in library science and theology, and a PhD in history (all from Charles University, Prague). Jan Pařez is Curator of Manuscripts at the Strahov Monastery library. He holds a PhD in auxiliary historical sciences from Charles University, Prague. Dr Kuchařová and Dr Pařez have written extensively on the Irish Franciscans in Prague. An updated English version of their comprehensive work, Hyberni v Praze. Dějiny františkánské koleje Neposkvrněného početí Panny Marie v Praze (1629–1786) [The Irish Franciscans in Prague. A History of the College of the Immaculate Conception (1629–1786)] (2001), is forthcoming. Bohuslav Mánek is Professor of English at the University of Hradec Králové. His research encompasses nineteenth- and twentieth-century English, American...

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