Cover Osteuropa 6/2008

In Osteuropa 6/2008

Models and Modalities of Memory
Toužim: The Duel History of a Town in Bohemia

Xavier Galmiche

Deutsche Fassung


Bohemia is one of the oldest German-Slavic contact zones. The competing German and Czech interpretations of city histories are therefore perfect examples of the differences in history policies. The Czech writing city histories engages in a hyper-historisation in order to place the past of this former German-settled locality in a national-Czech grand narrative. By contrast, Sudeten German histories show a decontextualised view of a small, lost homeland.

(Osteuropa 6/2008, pp. 317–326)