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Product Details

  • Series: The World Readers
  • Paperback: 568 pages
  • Publisher: Duke University Press Books (December 15, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0822347946
  • ISBN-13: 978-0822347941
  • Product Dimensions: 9.2 x 6.3 x 1.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.8 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #248,621 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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“I consider The Czech Reader an important contribution for individuals who are seeking an introduction to the history and literary history of the Czech lands. For people on their travels to the Czech Republic, who are interested in knowing more about this small and interesting nation, this book will serve well. Also, undergraduate students interested in the history of Central Europe will find many important Czech texts translated into English here and this could further stimulate their interest in the Czech history. People who are familiar with the history of the Czech lands and academic researchers could also use this book. University lecturers can use the texts in seminars and lectures to provide background to the dry historical presentation of past events.” - Jan Láníĉek, History


“The Czech Reader, a unique and vast compilation of Bohemian and Czech
primary sources for a general English speaking audience, will be welcomed by anybody interested in a Czech general history of Bohemia, Czechoslovakia, or the Czech Republic. In addition, the material may enrich any college survey course with a focus on the region of Central Europe. The book may also serve travelers who are looking for a deeper historical, political, and cultural understanding of the Czechs and their tumultuous history.” - Zbysek Brezina, History: Reviews of New Books


“The editors have performed quite a service in making these materials available in English in one convenient location. Every university library should have a copy as should any instructor in the field.” - Andrew Drozd, Slavic and East European Journal


The Czech Reader is a real gem, an immensely informative, balanced, and up-to-date compendium on Czech history and culture.”—John Neubauer, University of Amsterdam


“There is nothing comparable to The Czech Reader. It makes a unique and highly valuable contribution to understanding the Czech interpretation of their own history, of who they are and what historical events constituted them as a nation and a people.”—Silvia Tomášková, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill


“I consider The Czech Reader an important contribution for individuals who are seeking an introduction to the history and literary history of the Czech lands. For people on their travels to the Czech Republic, who are interested in knowing more about this small and interesting nation, this book will serve well. Also, undergraduate students interested in the history of Central Europe will find many important Czech texts translated into English here and this could further stimulate their interest in the Czech history. People who are familiar with the history of the Czech lands and academic researchers could also use this book. University lecturers can use the texts in seminars and lectures to provide background to the dry historical presentation of past events.”
(Jan Láníĉek, History)

“The Czech Reader, a unique and vast compilation of Bohemian and Czech
primary sources for a general English speaking audience, will be welcomed by anybody interested in a Czech general history of Bohemia, Czechoslovakia, or the Czech Republic. In addition, the material may enrich any college survey course with a focus on the region of Central Europe. The book may also serve travelers who are looking for a deeper historical, political, and cultural understanding of the Czechs and their tumultuous history.”
(Zbysek Brezina, History: Reviews of New Books)

About the Author

Jan Bažant is a senior researcher at the Institute of Philosophy in Prague. He was previously director of the Institute for Classical Studies.

Nina Bažantová is an art historian and former curator of historical textiles at the Museum of Applied Arts in Prague.

Frances Starn is a writer living in Berkeley, California.

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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Meredith on April 25, 2012
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This book was purchased as a textbook for a study abroad program to the Czech Republic. I was pleased with the choice-the book is easy to read, to follow, and provides the reader with a LOT of valuable information. While visiting the Czech Republic (specifically, Prague) I was able to recall information from the book. Overall, a pleasing textbook and informative book.
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful By scottphillips on March 1, 2011
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A wonderful overview of Bohemia the Czech Republic. Anyone interested in this region of our world should read this.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By La Mancha on January 14, 2013
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This book will keep you busy for a while. Good selections, all of which will lead you to do more digging. Serious excerpts. Exactly what an anthology should be, in my view.
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Just received this book in the mail a few days ago and, already, I'm about 1/5 of the way through it. I bought another book called "Central Europe," and am using The Czech Reader to supplement the information given in the latter. The Czech Reader is making all of the info much more personal, as far as perspective and intimacy with those who experienced history first-hand is concerned. I HIGHLY recommend The Czech Reader. It's not only informative, but very easy to read. On my lunch hour today, I read about 40 pages before realizing my hour was already up! I hope these readers are available for other nations, as well!
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