Politics of Ethnic Survival Germans in Prague, 1861-1914

ISBN-10: 1557534047
ISBN-13: 9781557534040
Edition: 2nd 2006 (Revised)
Authors: Gary B. Cohen
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Book details

Edition: 2nd
Copyright year: 2006
Publisher: Purdue University Press
Publication date: 2/6/2006
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 332
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.00" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 1.232

The German-speaking inhabitants of the Bohemian capital developed a group identification and defined themselves as a minority as they dealt with growing Czech political and economic strength in the city and with their own sharp numerical decline: in the 1910 census only seven percent of the metropolitan population claimed that they spoke primarily German. The study uses census returns, extensive police and bureaucratic records, newspaper accounts, and memoirs on local social and political life to show how the German minority and the Czech majority developed demographically and economically in relation to each other and created separate social and political lives for their group members. The study carefully traces the roles of occupation, class, religion, and political ideology in the formation of German group loyalties and social solidarities.

Gary Cohen, president and cofounder of ACI Telecentrics, Inc., expanded the company from two people to 2,200 employees, took the company public, and reached $32 million in revenues at the company's peak. ACI grew at an average compounded rate of over 50 percent for almost 13 years. Currently, he is partner and founder of CO2 Partners, LLC, in Minneapolis, where he works as an executive coach and consultant. Eric Vrooman is a freelance writer living in Minneapolis. He has taught creative writing at Tulane University and Gustavus Adolphus College.

From Bohemians to Czechs and Germans
A German community emerges, 1861-1879
The demographic realities
Defense of the liberal community
The German lower strata, 1883-1897
The decline of liberal society, 1897-1914
Conclusion : ethnic identity, group solidarity, and historical change

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