Myth, Politics and Empire: The Jews of Habsburg Bukovina

1 April 2015 - 5 PM

David Rechter (Oxford University)

Bukovina was ‘created’ in the 1770s, along with Galicia, as part of the Habsburg Monarchy’s eastward expansion. At the eastern edge of empire, geography, culture and politics combined to fashion a unique multinational society that was destroyed with the collapse of the Habsburg state at the end of the First World War in 1918. For Jews, as for Romanians, Ukrainians, Poles and Germans, the province has long occupied a privileged place in collective memory, nostalgically viewed as a society which provided unparalleled opportunity and security. This talk explores the myth and reality of Bukovina and its Jews, a 140-year long Habsburg experiment in national, cultural and religious diversity.


Modern Jewish History Seminar

The seminar is intended to provide a platform for academic discussion about the latest research on Jewish history especially of the last three centuries. Though primarily focused on the Jews of central and east central Europe, the seminar also includes topics related to the Jews of other regions. The seminar is further enriched by including topics not directly concerned with Jews, but enabling one to see Jewish history from other perspectives (for instance, the perspective of other marginalized communities).

Despite our preference for the methods of historical research, the organizers welcome multidisciplinary approaches to the topics, including those of sociology, political science, religious studies, and art history.

The seminar is held in the library of CEFRES, Na Florenci 3, Prague 1 always at 5:30 p.m. The language of the seminar is English. The seminar is organized by Kateřina Čapková and Michal Frankl. Since 2018/2019 the seminar is included into the MA program of the Prague Center for Jewish Studies at the Charles University. Due to Michal Frankl’s stay abroad this academic year, all the questions and suggestions should be sent to Kateřina Čapková (