By Bruce Berglund
The recovery of Prague citadel was once a collaboration of 3 amazing figures in twentieth-century east important Europe: Tomáš Masaryk, the thinker who turned Czechoslovakia’s first president; his daughter Alice, a social employee expert within the cost homes of Chicago who was once founding director of the Czechoslovak purple pass and her father’s relied on confidante; and the architect, Jože Plečnik of Slovenia, who built-in reverence for Classical structure into extraordinarily sleek designs. Their shared imaginative and prescient observed the fortress now not easily as a central authority development or historical landmark yet because the sacred heart of the recent republic, even the recent Europe—a position that may embrace a special form of democratic politics, rooted within the non secular and the moral.
With a biographer’s realization to aspect, historian Bruce Berglund provides energetic and intimate snap shots of those 3 figures. whilst, he additionally locations them within the context of politics and tradition in interwar Prague and the wider background of faith and secularization in sleek Europe. Gracefully written and down to earth in a big selection of assets, fort and Cathedral in glossy Prague is an unique and available examine of the way humans on the heart of Europe, within the early many years of the 20th century, struggled with questions of morality, religion, loyalty, and skepticism.
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