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A Hundred Years of the 'Czech Question' and The Czech Question a Hundred Years On

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Havelka, Miloš

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Abstract Presents the debate between Tomas G. Masaryk & Czech politician Josef Kaizl about the problematic relationship between pragmatics & principles in politics. Masaryk's Ceska otazka(The Czech Question [1895]), which seeks reason & a particular sense of Czech national essence, represents one of the first & most influential attempts to structure the various semantic centers around which Czech political culture revolves. Subjecting Masaryk's religious-humanistic analysis of Czech history to a liberal-economic critique, Kaizl rejected Masaryk's reduced, theistic, & anti-Enlightenment interpretation of the national revival, as well as his explicitly antiliberalist grasp of Czech history. Kaizl also denied Masaryk's claim that spiritual life & spiritual independence are more pressing concerns than political life & state independence.
Classification Political Process, Elections, Political Sociology, Political Culture; History
Free Keywords Pragmatics; Political Culture; Nineteenth Century; Czech Republic; Historical Development; National Identity; The Czech Question (1895), contemporary political debate, Tomas G. Masaryk vs Josef Kaizl;
Document language Other language
Publication Year 1995
Page/Pages p. 7-19
Journal Sociologický časopis / Czech Sociological Review, 3 (1995) 1
Status Published Version; reviewed
Licence Deposit Licence - No Redistribution, No Modifications