This overview of the history of the Sokol, the Czech nationalist gymnastic organization, from its founding in 1862 until the outbreak of World War I emphasizes its role in articulating national values and facilitating mass mobilization in the political context of the multinational Habsburg state. By including background on the German "Turnverein", this study goes beyond the Czech context to explore the intersection of gymnastics and mass nationalism in Central Europe.Über den Autor:
CLAIRE E. NOLTE is Professor of History at Manhattan College in Riverdale, New York City. She was awarded the Heldt Prize in 1993 and the Stanley Z. Pech prize in 1995 for articles she wrote in the area of Czech history.
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