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Title Times of upheaval : four medievalists in twentieth-century Central Europe conversations with Jerzy Kłoczowski, János M. Bak, František Šmahel, and Herwig Wolfram / edited by Pavlína Rychterová, Gábor Klaniczay, Paweł Kras, and Walter Pohl
Published Budapest ; New York : Central European University Press, 2019


Description 1 online resource (390 pages)
Contents Introducing Jerzy Kłoczowski -- Jerzy Kłoczowski in conversation with Paweł Kras -- Introducing János M. Bak -- János M. Bak in conversation with Gábor Klaniczay -- Introducing František Šmahel -- František Šmahel in conversation with Pavlína Rychterová -- Introducing Herwig Wolfram -- Herwig Wolfram in conversation with Walter Pohl
Summary "The volume unites conversations with four masters of Medieval Studies from east-central Europe: János Bak from Hungary, Jerzy Kłoczowski from Poland, František Šmahel from the Czech Republic, and Herwig Wolfram from Austria. The interviews made by younger colleagues revealed their engaging life stories. The four academics grew up before and during the war, under Nazi occupation, emerged as young scholars in the difficult post-war period, and, for most of their careers, worked in the shadow of the Iron Curtain, two of them spending most of their lifetimes under communist regimes. The conversations focus on ways in which open-minded young intellectuals became medieval historians under difficult circumstances, on how they experienced the long shadows of totalitarian regimes with their acute sensitivity for historical change, and how their perceptions of the world around them reflected back on their approach to medieval history. The histories of their nations were broken, most of them ceased to exist and were re-established during their lifetimes, came under foreign domination, were split, or their territories shifted - what did that mean for their identities and patriotic feelings? How can the present be reflected in the distant mirror of the medieval past? In this book, the four masters reflect about their lives sharing numerous observations, anecdotes, and experiences"-- Provided by publisher
Analysis Biography, Central and Eatern Europe, Cold War, Communism, Fascism, Medieval
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index
Notes Online resource; title from digital title page (viewed on November 22, 2019)
Subject Kłoczowski, Jerzy -- Interviews
Bak, János M. -- Interviews
Šmahel, František -- Interviews
Wolfram, Herwig -- Interviews
Wolfram, Herwig -- Interviews
Šmahel, František -- Interviews
Bak, János M. -- Interviews
Kłoczowski, Jerzy -- Interviews
Bak, János M.
Kłoczowski, Jerzy
Šmahel, František
Medievalists -- Europe, Central -- Interviews
Medievalists -- Europe, Central -- Biography
HISTORY -- Medieval.
Social conditions
Europe, Central -- History.
Europe, Central -- Social conditions.
Central Europe
Genre/Form collective biographies.
Form Electronic book
Author Rychterová, Pavlína, editor.
Klaniczay, Gábor, editor.
Kras, Paweł, editor.
Pohl, Walter, 1953- editor
LC no. 2019009664
ISBN 9633863066