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Derek Sayer


Reaktion Books

European history;
Travel & holiday;
Travel & holiday guides


280 pages

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Thirty years ago Prague was a closed book to most Westerners. Today it is the continent's fifth most-visited city, surpassed only by London, Paris, Istanbul and Rome. With a stunning natural location on the Vltava river and a spectacular potpourri of Romanesque rotundas, Gothic towers, Renaissance palaces, Baroque churches, Art Nouveau cafes, Cubist apartment buildings, Modernist villas and postmodern architectural showpieces, Prague may well be Europe's most beautiful capital city. Behind the beauty lies a turbulent and often violent history. Located at the uneasy centre of the continent, Prague has been a crossroads of cultures for more than a millennium. From the religious wars of the middle ages and the nationalist struggles of the nineteenth century to the modern conflicts of fascism, communism and democracy, Prague's past is the saga of the forces that have shaped Europe.

Derek Sayer provides an expert and very readable guide to the complexities of this colourful past, while reflecting upon sides of the present-day city tourists seldom see - from a model interwar Modernist villa colony to Europe's biggest Vietnamese market - and presenting listings of what to see, hear and do and where to eat, drink and shop.

By:   Derek Sayer
Imprint:   Reaktion Books
Country of Publication:   United Kingdom
Dimensions:   Height: 216mm,  Width: 138mm, 
ISBN:   9781789140095
ISBN 10:   1789140099
Series:   Cityscopes
Pages:   280
Publication Date:   January 2019
Audience:   General/trade ,  ELT Advanced
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active

Derek Sayer is Professor Emeritus at the University of Alberta, Canada. His many previous books include The Coasts of Bohemia: A Czech History (1998), Prague, Capital of the Twentieth Century: A Surrealist History (2013) and Making Trouble: Surrealism and the Social Sciences (2017).

Meticulous, imaginative, unconventional--all the way from old palaces to Little Hanoi. --Jindrich Toman, University of Michigan There is no visitor to Prague who is not enchanted by this city. Prague has everything: the ancient and the modern, the history and the culture, the music and the tranquility, the contradictions and the harmony. Sayer's excellent book captures all of these facets of Prague to make any visit even more worthwhile. --Ivan Margolius, author of Reflections of Prague: Journeys through the 20th Century and Prague: A Guide to 20th Century Architecture

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