The Relationship Between Religion, Language and Nationality Using the Example of Village Mayors in Cieszyn Silesia in 1864–1918
- Číslo 2 
PublisherUniverzita Karlova, Filozofická fakulta
SourceHistorie – Otázky – Problémy (History, Issues, Problems), 2018, 10, 2, 149-161
Cieszyn Silesia, self-democracy, nationalism studies, Habsburg monarchy
Cieszyn Silesia in the “long nineteenth century” is widely regarded as an excellent laboratory for research on the formation of nations. The region was inhabited by three language/national groups (Poles, Czechs, Germans) and denominational groups (Catholics, Protestants, Jews). Basing my research on an analysis of a group of village mayors (vogts) in the period 1864–1918, which included 1,332 such officials, I attempt to determine whether there was a relationship between linguistic (ethnic) affiliation, religion and political views (supported national movement) in Cieszyn Silesia.