In Quest of History

On Czech Statehood and Identity

Jirí Pribán and Karel Hvíždala

In Quest of History

Jirí Pribán and Karel Hvíždala

Distributed for Karolinum Press, Charles University

Translated by Stuart Hoskins
280 pages | 10 halftones | 6 x 8 | © 2019
Paper $20.00 ISBN: 9788024642673 Will Publish October 2019
In honor of the 2018 centennial of Czech independence, philosopher of law Jiří Přibán and award-winning Czech journalist Karel Hvížďala took the opportunity to examine key moments in Czech history from the ninth century to the twenty-first. Covering such a broad span of time allowed them to look into the past and question how Czechs have viewed their history at different points—and what that means for the Czech present and future. As contemporary politics drift closer towards totalitarianism, historiography from scholars and thinkers who experienced twentieth-century totalitarian regimes is more important than ever. In their spirited dialogue, Hvížďala and Přibán raise and explore these crucial issues, sharing subjects normally reserved for university seminars with the broader public.
Review Quotes
Milan Kundera, author of "The Unbearable Lightness of Being"
“It’s an interesting book because simply by considering the ideas the authors of In Quest of History put forth, the reader loses his certainty of what is true and what is the common consensus—he becomes an individual.”
Jacques Rupnik, Sciences Po
“This contemplation by two Czech intellectuals of Czech history . . . should be mandatory reading for understanding the deeper context of our current crisis.”
Petr Pithart, Czech politician and signatory of Charter 77
“Two men who are as European as they are Czech raise a question—Where are we headed? In answering, they deliver a solid classic. What an inspiring dialogue!”
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