Strolling Around Central Europe. Histories, Philosophies and Literatures of ‘Mitteleuropa’. Book Review of Martin C. Putna, Obrazy z kulturních dějin Střední Evropy, Vyšehrad, Praha 2018.

Andrea Trovesi


The new book of Czech author Martin C. Putna offers a ‘deep insight’ and at the same time a ‘wide overview’ of the main historical and cultural facts that contributed to shape East-Central Europe over the centuries. All historical parts of the former Habsburg Empire (Austrian) are crossed – from Vorarlberg in the far west to Bukovina in the far east, from the former Ottoman Bosnia and Herzegovina in the south to the Austrian region of Bohemia in the north – focusing on major events as well as on important writers or relevant cultural movements of those areas.


Central Europe; Cultural History; Linguistic and Confessional Mixing; Austrian Civilizing Mission (Enlightenment).

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