Publication Date

1996

Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)

Abstract

This is a collection of seven family life stories from people living in the heart of Europe~in the Czech Republic. Their land does lie at the crossroads of Central Europe: a bridge between the East and West. Their long, rich history stretches back over a thousand years. It is a history full of trials and triumphs. During this century alone, their land has gone through five political upheavals: 1918, 1938, 1948, 1968, 1989. Their people have made major contributions in the fields of art, education, literature, music, philosophy, religion and science.

In the aftermath of World War II, this area was drawn into the Soviet sphere of power. The normal flow of communication and interaction was interrupted by the ideological warfare between the Soviet Union and the West. When the Iron Curtain was drawn, the Czech lands lost contact with the West and the West lost a major cultural player on its world scene.

Disciplines

Family, Life Course, and Society | Sociology of Culture

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