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Author Bryant, Chad Carl, author.

Title Prague belonging in the modern city / Chad Bryant
Published Cambridge, Massachusetts Harvard University Press / 2021
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Description 1 online resource (332 pages) illustrations, maps
Contents Introduction: Belonging and imagination -- German city -- Czech city -- Revolution city -- Communist city -- Global city -- Conclusion: The stones of Old Town Square
Summary "A poignant reflection on alienation and belonging, told through the lives of five remarkable people who struggled against nationalism and intolerance in one of Europe's most stunning cities. What does it mean to belong somewhere? For many of Prague's inhabitants, belonging has been linked to the nation, embodied in the capital city. Grandiose medieval buildings and monuments to national heroes boast of a glorious, shared history. Past governments, democratic and Communist, layered the city with architecture that melded politics and nationhood. Not all inhabitants, however, felt included in these efforts to nurture national belonging. Socialists, dissidents, Jews, Germans, and Vietnamese-all have been subject to hatred and political persecution in the city they called home. Chad Bryant tells the stories of five marginalized individuals who, over the last two centuries, forged their own notions of belonging in one of Europe's great cities. An aspiring guidebook writer, a German-speaking newspaperman, a Bolshevik carpenter, an actress of mixed-heritage who came of age during the Communist terror, and a Czech-speaking Vietnamese blogger: none of them is famous, but their lives are revealing. They speak to tensions between exclusionary nationalism and on-the-ground diversity. In their struggles against alienation and dislocation, they forged alternative communities in cafes, workplaces, and online. While strolling park paths, joining political marches, or writing about their lives, these outsiders come to embody a city that, on its surface, was built for others. A powerful and creative meditation on place and nation, the individual and community, Prague envisions how cohesion and difference might coexist as it acknowledges a need common to all"-- Provided by publisher
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index
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Subject Alienation (Social psychology) -- Czech Republic -- Prague -- Case studies
Belonging (Social psychology) -- Czech Republic -- Prague -- Case studies
Minorities -- Czech Republic -- Prague -- Case studies
Nationalism -- Czech Republic -- Prague -- Case studies
Toleration -- Czech Republic -- Prague -- Case studies
Alienation (Social psychology)
Belonging (Social psychology)
HISTORY / Europe / Eastern
Social conditions
Prague (Czech Republic) -- Social conditions -- Case studies
Czech Republic -- Prague
Genre/Form Electronic books
Case studies
Form Electronic book
ISBN 0674258827