Culture and customs of the Czech Republic and Slovakia /
Craig Cravens.
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Westport, Conn. : Greenwood Press, 2006.
description
xv, 187 p. : ill., maps ; 25 cm.
ISBN
0313334129
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imprint
Westport, Conn. : Greenwood Press, 2006.
isbn
0313334129
contents note
Land, people, and history -- Thought and religion -- Marriage, women, gender, and education -- Holidays, customs, and leisure activities -- Cuisine and fashion -- Literature -- Media and cinema -- Performing arts -- Painting -- Architecture.
general note
Includes bibliographical references and index.
catalogue key
6015800
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'Aimed at students and general readers, this volume explores the contemporary culture and customs of Slovakia and the Czech Republic. Cravens begins with a brief exposition on the geography, language, and population of the two countries, followed by an overview of their intertwined histories. Subsequent chapters discuss such topics as religion, marriage, holidays, cuisine, literature, performing arts, and architecture.'-Reference & Research Book News
"Aimed at students and general readers, this volume explores the contemporary culture and customs of Slovakia and the Czech Republic. Cravens begins with a brief exposition on the geography, language, and population of the two countries, followed by an overview of their intertwined histories. Subsequent chapters discuss such topics as religion, marriage, holidays, cuisine, literature, performing arts, and architecture." - Reference & Research Book News
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The Czech Republic is a red-hot European destination, and the charms of Slovakia are slowly being discovered by Westerners as well. The two countries share fundamental similarities in language and culture, but they never really managed to create a common national Czechoslovak identity, after being merged in 1918 when the Austro-Hungarian Empire collapsed. With the lifting of the Iron Curtain in 1989 through the Velvet Revolution and the final breakup of Czechoslovakia in to two countries in 1993, this up-to-date, substantive insight is much needed. This volume overviews the current social, cultural, and political scene of both countries, so that general readers come away with a solid understanding of where the Czechs and Slovaks have been and where they are going.
Long Description
The Czech Republic is a red-hot European destination, and the charms of Slovakia are slowly being discovered by Westerners as well. The two countries share fundamental similarities in language and culture, but they never really managed to create a common national Czechoslovak identity, after being merged in 1918 when the Austro-Hungarian Empire collapsed. With the lifting of the Iron Curtain in 1989 through the Velvet Revolution and the final breakup of Czechoslovakia in to two countries in 1993, this up-to-date, substantive insight is much needed. This volume overviews the current social, cultural, and political scene of both countries, so that general readers come away with a solid understanding of where the Czechs and Slovaks have been and where they are going. The land, people, and history chapter lays the groundwork for the rest of the narrative. In the chapter on religion and thought, the reasons for the widespread atheism of the Czechs and the contrasting religiosity of the Slovaks are explained. Both peoples are shown to have relaxed attitude toward life and a love of celebrations, with a strong beer culture. The state of women and family and feminism in the post-Soviet era is also discussed and readers will learn about the role of romance novels and the Czech Cosmopolitan. The literature chapter emphasizes the Czech sense of humor and the lack of translations of Slovakian works. The crises in journalism and cinema are other important topics. Finally, the strong traditions of theater and music, which have always been part of the Czech national consciousness, are seen to be as alive and vibrant as in any place in the world.
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The Czech Republic and Slovakia share fundamental similarities in language and culture, but they never managed to create a common national Czechoslovak identity, after being merged in 1918 when the Austro-Hungarian Empire collapsed. This volume overviews the social, cultural and political scene of both countries.
Table of Contents
Land, people, and historyp. 1
Thought and religionp. 23
Marriage, women, gender, and educationp. 43
Holidays, customs, and leisure activitiesp. 57
Cuisine and fashionp. 71
Literaturep. 87
Media and cinemap. 105
Performing artsp. 123
Paintingp. 143
Architecturep. 163
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