Offers Difficult to Refuse: Miloš Havel and Clientele Transactional Networks in the Protectorate Bohemia and Moravia



Year of publication 2021
Type Chapter of a book
MU Faculty or unit

Faculty of Arts

Description At the time of German occupation in 1939, film producer and businessman Miloš Havel was arguably the most influential personality in the Czechoslovak national film industry. During the Protectorate, he was deprived of the main source of his agency, the Barrandov studios, and lost most of his Czech political patrons when the Protectorate government was reorganised in January 1942. Though deprived of the support he previously enjoyed in the heteronomous world of politics, he was able to maintain his transactional network within the film world and to compensate for the lost connections to political patrons. This chapter provides insight into the measures, whereby this local actor sought to maintain his network and capital, to preserve his pre-war resources, and to keep established structures working under highly volatile circumstances. The concepts of patronage, brokers, and transactional networks provide the theoretical framework for the analysis of Havel’s career during the period under consideration.
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