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Martin Wein

In History of the Jews in the Bohemian Lands, Martin Wein traces the interaction of Czechs and Jews, but also of Christian German-speakers, Slovaks, and other groups in the Bohemian lands and in Czechoslovakia throughout the first half of the twentieth century. This period saw accelerated nation-building and nation-cleansing in the context of hegemony exercised by a changing cast of great powers, namely Austria-Hungary, France, Nazi Germany, and the Soviet Union. The author examines Christian-Jewish and inner-Jewish relations in various periods and provinces, including in Subcarpathian Ruthenia, emphasizing interreligious alliances of Jews with Protestants, such as T. G. Masaryk, and political parties, for example a number of Social Democratic ones. The writings of Prague’s Czech-German-Jewish founders of theories of nationalism, Hans Kohn, Karl W. Deutsch, and Ernest Gellner, help to interpret this history.

Olivia Dieser and Franz X. Bogner

consequently were very negative and persisted over a long period (e.g., Bjerke, Reitan, & Kellert, 1998; Ericsson & Heberlein, 2003). However, in recent decades wolves and lynxes have immigrated back to Central Europe (Ericsson & Heberlein, 2003; Liukkonen, Mykrä, Bisi, & Kurki, 2009; Müller et al., 2014

Marcel Robischon

ill omen in some parts of western and central Europe; the bird was considered a harbinger of pestilence and famine and was referred to as “Pestvogel”—the “plague bird” (Bertau, 2014, p. 208). “The gift of an even/dozen Bohemian waxwings crowning a tree-/top, a barren mountain ash,/like fireworks

Olga Petri

). Neither biblical plague nor pristine myth: A lesson from central European sparrows . The Geographical Review , 100 ( 2 ), 176 - 186 . Holden , G. H. ( 1888 ). Canaries and cage birds . New York, NY : George Henry Holden . Îavlenskiî , V. ( 1891 ). Kanareîka i Ukhod za Neî . Moscow : T

Erica Gittins

domestication of wolves in the Magdalenian in Central Europe (Musil, 2000 ), where the author has argued that the methods of hunting used at the time also involved this domestication process. Furthermore, domestication should not be viewed as a historic event, a one-time occurrence that spread across the globe

Purple Swamphen or Gallinule (Porphyrio porphyrio) and Humans

Forgotten History of Past Interactions

Ricardo Jorge Lopes, Juan Antonio Gomez, Alessandro Andreotti and Maura Andreoni

large number of records in the wild, in central Europe, of the nominate and madagascariensis (sub-Saharan Africa) subspecies. These records clearly suggest that all were the result of local escapes of traded birds, since the birds were commonly held in a semi-wild state with clipped primaries, and

Graham C. L. Davey

contact with a spider was considered infected. Similarly, if a spider fell into water that water was then held to be poisoned 21 (Renner, 1990). In Central Europe during the Great Plagues, spiders were also seen as harbingers of the plague and death, and this association was subsequently used as the

Sandra Swart

that still left 120,500 horses from all over the world. These remnants of empire were sold to local farmers in the year after the war. So the horses accustomed to the fields of England and Ireland, the steppes of central Europe, the pampas and plains of the Americas, found a new home and new herds on

Kieran O’Mahony, Andrea Corradini and Andrea Gazzola

facilitated a continental-scale lupine flourishing (Chapron, Kaczensky, Linnell, Von Arx, Huber, Andrén, & Balčiauskas, 2014). Arching through Eastern and Central Europe, the Carpathian Mountains are an essential biogeographical corridor for European wolves, with official EC reports suggesting Romania has