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Vliv Prahy a českých učenců na lužickosrbské národní snahy v 19. století

Title in English The influence of Prague and Czech scholars on Sorbian nation-building efforts in the 19th century


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

Faculty of Education

Description The main topic of this contribution is the influence of Czech intellectuals and the Prague environment on Sorbian nation-building efforts, above all in the last third of the 19th century. The environment of the Lusatian Seminary in Prague in the Lesser Quarter, where Catholic Sorbian students of theology were studying and living, played a significant role in the formation of the ideas of the Sorbian nation-builders. This was where many important figures in the Sorbian national movement, such as Jan Pětr Jordan, Michał Hórnik or Jakub Bart-Ćišinski, gained inspiration for their later nation-building activities at home in Saxony. Czechs and Slovaks, who provided them with important methodological direction in the area of Slavic linguistics and literature in the Lusatian Seminary (mainly Josef Dobrovský, Václav Hanka and Martin Hattala) had a considerable influence on the resulting scholarly work. Other leading Czech nation-builders and scholars such as František Ladislav Čelakovský, Jan Evangelista Purkyně or František Palacký advised the Sorbs in the area of cultural and scholarly activities beginning in the 1840s. The peak phase of support for the Sorbian national movement can be considered to be the period beginning in the mid-1890s, when the pedagogue, Slavic Studies scholar and poet Adolf Černý, as well as the musicologist, ethnographer and painter Ludvík Kuba impacted the Sorbian nation-building efforts with their extensive Sorbian-related activities.

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