Civil Society and Nationalism in the Czech Lands, 1880-1914
Michigan State University. Department of History, 2007 - 384 strán (strany)
This study examines the case of Czech nationalism through the activities, goals, strategies and ideologies of a group of primarily Czech speaking organizations in the Czech lands of the Habsburg Empire in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. In doing so this dissertation highlights the unique nature of the Czech case and gives insight which adds to a more comprehensive understanding of the nature of nationalism. Czech nationalism sought to achieve political cultural and economic dominance within territories where they felt historically rooted. The fact that they sought autonomy within a pluralistic society rather than an independent or ethnically homogeneous state makes the Czech case unique. Despite the fracturing of Czech political life into many different parties, Czechs maintained a general sense of working towards common goals of autonomy for the nation.