Archive for the ‘Misha’ Category

Readings for October 11, Featuring dual discourses and dual categories of citizenship

Tuesday, October 9th, 2007

Jonathan E. Gumz, “Wehrmacht Perceptions of Mass Violence in Croatia, 1941-1942,” in The Historical Journal, Vol. 44, No.4. (December, 2001), pp. 1015-1038.
Moses Moskowitz, “Three Years of the Protectorate of Bohemia and Moravia,” in Political Science Quarterly, Vol. 57, No. 3 (September, 1942), pp. 353-375.
Posted By Misha Griffith
You know a movement had to be bad if Nazis characterized it as “excessive.” (more…)

Not So Old-Fashioned Arguments

Tuesday, October 2nd, 2007

Melissa Feinberg, Elusive Equality , (Pittsburgh: University of Pittsburgh Press, 2006.
Posted by Misha Griffith

Most gender histories I have read dealt with the analysis of language, emotion, material culture, or domestic issues. I was pleasantly surprised to find Feinberg examining gender through the venue of Czech politics between 1918 and 1950. (more…)

Terrific Historical Photographs of the Czech Lands

Tuesday, October 2nd, 2007

For those interested in visual history in Central Europe, I recommend the following site:

The families of two very early photographers in Tabor have gathered thousands of images and have created a wonderful site full of photographs dating back to the dawn of photography. So go visit the studios of Josef Sechtl and Jan Vosecek.

Readings for September 27: Maria Bucur and Nancy Wingfield’s Staging the Past

Wednesday, September 26th, 2007

Posted by Misha Griffith

Some commemorations are created in stone, and are meant to last. Others, like parades and public speeches, are fleeting events that are only preserved in written accounts and images. (more…)

Two sides of the Hapsburg Dual Monarchy

Wednesday, September 19th, 2007

Readings: Gary Cohen’s “Neither Absolutism nor Ararchy” and Andras Gero’s “Modern Hungarian Society in the Making.”
Posted by Misha Griffith

These two very unique commentaries on the Austro-Hungarian Empire were published within three years of each other (1998 and 1995). The authors both focus on the government apparatus of the Empire between 1830 and 1918, however Cohen emphasized the Austrian parliament and the work of the regional governmental representatives while Gero concentrated on the Hungarian Diet and the personalities involved in creating a civil society. (more…)

Readings: Rogers Brubaker’s Nationalism Reframed and Benedict Anderson’s Imagined Communities

Tuesday, September 4th, 2007

Posted by Misha Griffith

In Nationalism Reframed , Rodgers Brubaker reported the expert’s claim that the spread of commerce, communications, and even crime across national borders at the end of the twentieth century would render nationalism obsolete. The experts were wrong, and Brubaker used this re-emergence of nationalism as an opportunity to rethink the national question in a new light.

The Soviet Union and the particular use of nationalism in the formation of the socialist state were the basis for Brubaker’s first argument. The ethnic-territorial designations and the obliged ethnic labels placed on internal passports were initially intended to be temporary measures. They instead became institutionalized, along with the semi-autonomous political leadership of each district. When the central government weakened, according to Brubaker, systems were already in place and ready to fill the power void. These power elite used techniques Brubaker defines as the “nationalizing nation,” in which the “core nation” justified its claim to power and its actions on the basis both of “ownership “ of the nation and by virtue of past indignities and pains suffered at the hands of the former overlords. (more…)