Prague Circles

Scott Spector

in Prague Territories

Published by University of California Press

Published in print January 2000 | ISBN: 9780520219090
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520929777 | DOI:
Prague Circles

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This chapter discusses the strained relations between texts and contexts that are not evenly felt across time and space. The Prague of the retreat into literature, the Prague where everyone was assumed to be a writer, turns out to have been a miniscule and remarkably unrepresentative slice of the city at large: it was not the home of the great majority of the population speaking in Czech, nor of the German nobility of the Kleinseite palaces, nor of the increasing numbers of students from the German Bohemian provinces, who by and large eschewed the culturally oriented German-liberal student association in favor of a new corporation with a völkisch orientation and which increasingly adopted an ethnic, rather than a cultural, definition of Germanness. The “Prague” spoken of in these quotations was not only a small part of Prague life, but a shrinking one.

Keywords: Prague; Czech; German nobility; Kleinseite palaces; German Bohemian provinces; student association; völkisch orientation

Chapter.  14206 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Modern History (1700 to 1945)

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