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Ireland and the Czech Lands

Contacts and Comparisons in History and Culture

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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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Abbey Theatre 206, 207–8, 218 Act of Union (1800) 112, 114–15, 120 see also Repeal Aiken, Frank 145, 150 Altgraf Salm-Reif ferscheidt-Reitz, Rudolph 74 Alvarez, Al 183–4, 185, 193 Antrim, county of 98 Aran Islands 13 Armagh 91, 98 Arnold, Matthew 6 Astley, Neil 183 Austria (Austrian Lands) 40, 55–6, 65, 74, 141 Austrian empire 63, 65 Czech position within 15, 17, 26, 101, 134, 135 incorporation of Czech Lands 14, 28, 55 Irish migration to 4, 75 language in 128–9 national movements in 124, 125, 142, 154 Sokol in 139, 140 Baillou, Karl, Baron von 73 Ballymacelligot, Co. Kerry 75 Ballymote (friary) 91 Bantry 97 Barnewall, John (Franciscan) 88 Bathe, William 3 Baudiš, Josef 8–9, 157 Beat poets 187, 188–9, 193–4 see also Ferlinghetti Beckett, Samuel 12, 23, 171, 172, 173, 214–17 Behan, Brendan 23, 173, 212–14, 220 Beneš, Edvard 136, 143 Bína, Daniel 169 Bohemian Brethren 28, 39, 41, 47, 48, 49 Bohemian Confession 48–9 Bonamargy (friary) 98 Boulay (friary) 86, 87, 96–7 Bowen, Elizabeth 173 Boyne, battle of (1690) 102 Bozděchová, Ivana 174, 218 Brennan, Lieutenant-General Michael 145–6 Britain 104 Karel Čapek visits 204–5 Parliament of 65, 112, 113 relationship with Ireland 2, 16, 104 see also Act of Union British Empire 15, 18 Brodsky, Joseph 183, 198 Brno 71, 213, 214, 218 Browne, Maximilian Ulysses 76 Browne, Valentin (Franciscan) 91 Budeč (estate) 73 Budíškovice (estate and residence) 70 Budov,...

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