Borders and several aspects of space reflection in the Czech countryside



Year of publication 2019
Type Appeared in Conference without Proceedings
MU Faculty or unit

Faculty of Arts

Description Czechoslovakia underwent a couple of important changes on state and regional borders layout during the 20th century. German occupation of borderlands in the second world war and strict border regime within the Cold war period have fundamentally changed many people’s lives and led to several migration waves. The paper is based on doctoral research of social changes in the Czechoslovak countryside during the late socialist era. Ethnographic research inspired by theory of the microhistory and the oral history method introduced several issues connected with changes of space reflection bounded by real or imagined borders. This paper will be focused on several residua of border changes and administrative interventions to space during the 20th century. Many of them still involve everyday life in the countryside not far from the former “iron curtain” dividing Europe to the eastern and the western part during the Cold war period. Principles, by which border changes, the regime on the border zones and forced migration waves involved social changes of the countryside, will be discussed reflecting the background of political and modernization processes.

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