Czech Fascists as ‘Naive Nationalists’: An Untraditional View of the Phenomenon of Czech Fascism Cover Image

Čeští fašisté jako „naivní národovci“ Netradiční pohled na fenomén českého fašismu
Czech Fascists as ‘Naive Nationalists’: An Untraditional View of the Phenomenon of Czech Fascism

Author(s): Pavel Baloun
Subject(s): History
Published by: Ústav pro soudobé dějiny AV ČR

Summary/Abstract: NAKONEČNÝ, Milan: Český fašismus. Praha, Vodnář 2006, 427 stran This review is an edited version of an article that the reviewer published at the website http://www.fronta.cz/kniha/nakonecny-cesky-fasismus. The reaction of the author of the book, Milan Nakonečný, appears in the current issue of Soudobé dějiny, under the title ‘Odpověď na kritiku mé knihy o českém fašismu’ (A Reply to the Criticism of My Book on Czech Fascism). The reviewer points to the numerous errors of fact in the work under review, which, according to him, stem from Nakonečný’s not having worked suffi ciently with archive records of official provenance, especially for the period of the First Republic, and his having drawn much of his information from the Fascist press. He also reproaches Nakonečný for his insuffi cient consideration of the existing historical literature. He is puzzled by Nakonečný’s many criticisms of interwar Czechoslovakia and its politicians. In conclusion the reviewer claims that Nakonečný openly sides with the Czech nationalists and critics of the democracy of the First Republic, but this, according to the reviewer, may provide an impulse for more profoundly conceptual refl ections and debates about Czech fascism.

  • Issue Year: XVII/2010
  • Issue No: 01-02
  • Page Range: 194-204
  • Page Count: 11
  • Language: Czech