Prague

Prague

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Since its foundation in the ninth century Prague has punched way above its weight to become a fulcrum of European culture. The citys most illustrious figures in the fields of music, literature and film are well known: Mozart staged the premiere of his opera Don Giovanni here; in the early twentieth century Franz Kafka was at the forefront of the citys intellectual life, while later writers such as Milan Kundera and film directors such as Milos Forman chronicled Pragues fortunes under communism. Yet the city has a cultural heritage that runs far deeper than Kafka museums and Mozart-by-candlelight concerts. It encompasses the avant-garde punk group Plastic People of the Universe, the new wave film directors of the 1960s who made their striking movies in the citys famed Barrandov studios, and artists such as Alfons Mucha and Frantisek Kupka whose revolutionary canvases fomented Art Nouveau and abstract art at the dawn of the twentieth century. Beyond art galleries, concert halls and cinemas the history of Prague has been one of invasion and sometimes brutal oppression. The great German chancellor Otto von Bismarck once commented that whoever controls Prague, controls mid-Europe and a succession of imperialist powers have taken this advice to heart, most recently Nazi Germany and the Soviet Union. Opposition has taken many forms, from the religious reformer Jan Hus in the fifteenth century to playwright and dissident Vclav Havel, whose elevation to the Czechoslovak presidency in 1990 made him a symbol of the rebirth of democracy in Eastern Europe. In this book Andrew Beattie also reflects on the modern city, where bold new buildings such as Frank Gehrys Dancing House rub shoulders with monuments from the Gothic and Baroque eras such as the Charles Bridge and St. Vitus Cathedral. He co
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Product details

  • Paperback | 246 pages
  • 133 x 207 x 16mm | 345g
  • English
  • Maps; Illustrations, color; Illustrations, black and white
  • 1566569567
  • 9781566569569

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