Projects & Grants

Internal Grant Competition DGC
START-UP grant

Hans Kudlich - Personality, Symbol and Myth in the Collective Memory of the Germans from the Czech Lands
Project IdGAP410/10/0110
Main solverprof. PhDr. Pavel Kladiwa, Ph.D.
Period1/2010 - 12/2012
ProviderStandardní projekt GA ČR
AnotationThe essence of the project is the analysis of: 1) the life, positions and opinions of H. Kudlich, on the basis of published, mainly German-language literature, as well as archive sources, printed sources and period newspapers;2) the reflections on H. K. by his contemporaries and later generations, as well as an analysis of the process in which Kudlich became part of the Sudeten German "national" historical story. Kudlich was viewed by Austrian and Czech Germans as a Bauernbefreier, as a certain symbol of social progress and a moral ethos in line with their subjective sympathies; they saw this ethos as both a responsibility and a right - an argument for confirming their leading role in the monarchy. Sudeten Germans in the Czechoslovakia and after the World War II identified with Kudlich´s legacy, as witnessed by studies by historians and even monument culture for the older period. They were impressed, among other things, by Kudlich´s conviction of the cultural superiority of Germans in Central Europe.