Street fronts: war, state legitimacy and urban space, Prague 1914-1920

Morelon, Claire (2015). Street fronts: war, state legitimacy and urban space, Prague 1914-1920. University of Birmingham. Ph.D.

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Abstract

This thesis examines daily life in the city of Prague during the First World War and in its immediate aftermath. Its aim is twofold: to explore the impact of the war on urban space and to analyse the relationship of Prague’s inhabitants to the Austro-Hungarian and then Czechoslovak state. To this end, both the mobilization for the war effort and the crisis of legitimacy experienced by the state are investigated. The two elements are connected: it is precisely because of the great sacrifices made by Praguers during the conflict that the Empire lost the trust of its citizens. Food shortages also constitute a major feature of the war experience and the inappropriate management of supply by the state played a large role in its final collapse. The study goes beyond Czechoslovak independence on 28 October 1918 to fully grasp the continuities between the two polities and the consequences of the war on this transitional period. Beyond the official national revolution, the revolutionary spirit in Prague around the time of regime change reveals the interplay between national and social motives, making it part of a broader European revolutionary movement at the time.

Type of Work: Thesis (Doctorates > Ph.D.)
Award Type: Doctorates > Ph.D.
Supervisor(s):
Supervisor(s)EmailORCID
Purseigle, PierreUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
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College/Faculty: Colleges (2008 onwards) > College of Arts & Law
School or Department: School of History and Cultures, Department of History
Funders: Arts and Humanities Research Council, Other
Other Funders: The University of Birmingham, Gerda Henkel Stiftung
Subjects: D History General and Old World > DJ Netherlands (Holland) > DJK Eastern Europe
URI: http://etheses.bham.ac.uk/id/eprint/6148

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