- Hardcover: 384 pages
- Publisher: Harvard University Press (May 31, 2007)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0674024516
- ISBN-13: 978-0674024519
- Product Dimensions: 6.2 x 1.2 x 9.5 inches
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- Average Customer Review: 3 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,308,264 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Prague in Black: Nazi Rule and Czech Nationalism
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Prague in Black fills a gap in the literature on Czechoslovak history not only by examining the developments from 1939 to 1947 but also by taking a close look at what constituted 'Czech' and 'German' identities in that period. Bryant significantly enriches our understanding of this challenging topic. His account of the aftermath of the Heydrich period to 1947 is a model of first-class, original research.
--Igor Lukes, Boston University
An impressively researched and well-written book on an important topic. This is a valuable contribution to the scholarship on Nazi German programs of racial and ethnic violence in their national, regional, and local contexts. Bryant's arguments are insightful and compelling; no one will finish the book without being convinced that German policy toward the Czechs was confused and ever changing.
--Doris Bergen, University of Notre Dame
Bryant brilliantly charts two ambitious and violent attempts at nation-making in the Czech lands, first by the Nazis under the Protectorate, then by Czechoslovak officials following liberation. He meticulously details the Nazis' destruction of civil and political life to explain why most Czechs sought a nationally homogenous state after the war. Deeply researched and cogently argued, this important new book contextualizes popular postwar Czech rejection of the values of the First Republic and support for the expulsion of the Germans and the Communist seizure of power.
--Nancy M. Wingfield, Northern Illinois University
This is a terrific book! With exemplary research and careful analysis, Chad Bryant examines the complex relationship between Czechs and Germans in the Protectorate during World War II. The stories he tells of occupation, resistance, collaboration, and expulsion uncover the many layers of truth when dealing with national identity, the politics of exile, and the sources of ethnic hatred in Central Europe.
--Norman M. Naimark, Stanford University
Nazi Germany's bestial cartography divided Czechoslovakia into the incorporated territories, including the Sudetenland, a "neutral" Slovakia, and the Protectorate of Bohemia and Moravia, which were the core Czech lands. Bryant writes well about misery in the last--about, in particular, the deadly essay of the Germans and their local marionettes to apply madcap ethnic and national concepts to what had long been a hopelessly complex checkerboard of identities.
--Robert Legvold (Foreign Affairs 2007-09-01)
Superbly researched...This fine study traces and analyzes the impact of the Nazi occupation of the Protectorate of Bohemia and Moravia during WW II. Bryant examines the relationship between Czechs and Germans and shows how the ideals of the interwar period were destroyed. At the heart of the book is a study in nation building, first by the Nazis, whose policies and actions forced a reinterpretation of what it meant to be "German" or "Czech," then by the Czechs after the war.
--P. W. Knoll (Choice 2008-03-01)
Chad Bryant's new book reveals yet another way that the Nazi takeover of Czechoslovakia marks an important shift in central European history: it ushered in an era when the state determined an individual's nationality, often with devastating implications. Prague in Black presents a compelling analysis of the Nazi regime's nationality policies in the Protectorate and how Czechs responded to them...Bryant's concise and illuminating study clearly demonstrates how critical Nazi nationality policies and Czech nationalism were for the lives of the inhabitants there. Moreover, this book forces us to realize that people's decisions during the war cannot always be measured in simple terms, and it strongly challenges accepted notions of resistance and collaboration.
--David Gerlach (H-Net 2008-05-01)
Chad Bryant's balanced and thoughtful treatment of the evolution of Czech nationalism and of official and popular understandings of Czech and German national identity between 1939 and 1945 is a worthy addition to the spate of new books on the stormy history of Czechoslovakia in the 1940s...Bryant's book is best at synthesizing the development of policies and laws and summarizing changing popular attitudes over the period 1939 through 1947 and well deserves a wide English-reading audience for that...Chad Bryant's book helps considerably by telling us so much of the story of Czech and German nationality politics in Bohemia and Moravia during the tragic era of the 1940s.
--Gary B. Cohen (Slavic Review 2008-09-01)
The appearance of Chad Bryant's work on the Nazi occupation of the Czech lands, Bohemia and Moravia, from 1939 to 1945, is particularly welcome as it helps to fill a substantial gap in the scholarly literature. It has been well over thirty years since the last major treatments of the topic, and since then the fall of communist rule in Czechoslovakia has resulted in the availability of a wealth of archival sources. Bryant's contribution is thus a timely one...It will set a benchmark for subsequent studies of the German occupation of Bohemia and Moravia.
--Andrew G. Boynell (Australian Journal of Politics and History 2008-09-01)
Chad Bryant's study of the transformation of nationality in the Bohemian Protectorate fills an important gap in the historiography of modern Bohemia and Czechoslovakia and makes that history an essential part of the story of Europe's twentieth century. Bryant mines a variety of rich archival sources in the Czech Republic and Germany, mostly untapped during the Cold War, to tell the story of National Socialist Germany's occupation of Bohemia, Moravia, and Silesia...This book will prove essential reading for a variety of audiences...This book challenges historians to think across the boundaries of conventional disciplinary categories to reconsider what we mean by German and Czech history, how we tell national histories in general, and what the stories we tell gain and lose by the chronologies we employ. It is a challenge well worth taking up.
--Caitlin E. Murdock (H-Net 2007-11-01)
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Chad Bryant is Associate Professor of History at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
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