Cover Osteuropa 12/2009

In Osteuropa 12/2009

Hej Slované!
The Slavic Idea among Czechs and Slovaks

Hans Lemberg

Deutsche Fassung


Czechs and Slovaks, close neighbours and cohabitants in Czechoslovakia during the short 20th century, relied on the Slavic idea in the 19th century. The more the national movements matured, the more the Slavic Idea receded into the background, without being fully given up. The fixation on Russia as a pillar of support, and later on the Soviet Union as “liberator,” overlapped with the Slavic idea. That was one of the reasons why it faded in the second half of the 20th century to a faint myth.

(Osteuropa 12/2009, pp. 21–40)