Czechoslovak Republic and the Formation of Ethnographic Science during the “First Republic” (1918–1938) – Part I


VÁLKA Miroslav

Year of publication 2020
Type Article in Periodical
Magazine / Source Glasnik Etnografskog Instituta SANU
MU Faculty or unit

Faculty of Arts

Keywords Czechoslovakia (1918–1938); population; idea of Czechoslovakism; folk culture; history of science
Description The 100th anniversary of the formation of Czechoslovakia (1918) made it possible to assess, with the benefit of hindsight, the historical role of this state, whose basic ideas included the renewal of Czech statehood, the liberation from the “old Austria”, and the formation of modern civil society based on democratic principles. One can also bear in mind the creation of the new state's identity, which our discipline, meaning ethnology, can express its pertinent opinion on. For this reason, we repeat ethnic relations in the interwar Czechoslovakia in this text, because they significantly influenced the future existence of the Czechoslovak Republic; we explain the idea of “Czechoslovakism”, a central political doctrine of the new state, and we observe the role of folk culture with its ethnic-identification functions.

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