Byron: East & West
Proceedings of the 24th International
Byron Conference. Charles University,
Prague, 31 August - 3 September 1998
Edited By Martin Prochazka
The Karolinum Press
306 pages, Illustrated, 6 ½" x 9 ½"
$157.50 Paper Original
The theme of the 24th International Byron Conference, which took place from August 31st to September 3rd 1998 in Prague, was chosen in order to trace the significance of Byron and the meaning of his works across the political, economic and cultural boundary which has divided Europe since antiquity. Though this partition sometimes seemed to disappear, there were other ages when it was very distinct, for instance when the Persians attacked ancient Greece, at the time of Tartar raids or the Ottoman expansion, and lastly after the Second World War when the Soviet Empire was formed. The conference took place shortly after the thirtieth anniversary of August 21st 1968 - the day when Soviet tanks had crushed the hopes of the Czechs and Slovaks in democracy and the whole country had experienced the cruel re-imposition of the boundary between contribution by the International Byron Society to the celebrations of an entirely different anniversary - 650 years of Charles University, the oldest European institution of higher learning established outside the former Limes Romanus frequently identified with the boundary of Western Civilization.
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