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September 23, 1996

Library of Congress Publishes Czech/Slovak History: An American Bibliography

The work of American scholars in the field of Czech and Slovak history is seen in an overview in the bibliography Czech and Slovak History just published by the Library of Congress. It was compiled by George J. Kovtun with an introduction by Stanley B. Winters, professor emeritus of the New Jersey Institute of Technology.

In the introduction, Professor Winters traces the interest that Anglo-American historians have taken in the Czechs and the Slovaks. The first systematic bibliographic record of English- language writings -- articles, essays, and monographs -- on the history of these peoples is a worthy contribution to historical studies and a useful reference work for anyone interested in developments in Central Europe from the Middle Ages to the present day.

George J. Kovtun, who compiled the approximately 5,000 entries in the bibliography, is the Czech/Slovak Specialist in the Library of Congress. He arranged the entries in 19 chronological and thematic chapters, with cross-references to the analyzed collections of essays listed in Chapter 4. Special attention is devoted to three outstanding personalities: Jan Hus, Comenius, and T. G. Masaryk, each of whom is treated in a separate chapter.

Chapters on "Czechs and Slovaks in the United States and Other Countries" and "Jews and Jewish Affairs" provide bibliographic information about immigration to America from the Czech lands and Slovakia. Other chapters follow the chronology of events relating to Czechs and Slovaks and many of their neighbors in Central Europe.

The main source for the selection of monographs was the Library of Congress computerized catalog. Articles and essays were selected from some 70 periodical titles, most of them published in America.

The book is 481 pages and includes four black-and-white illustrations and an index to authors and editors.

Czech and Slovak History: An American Bibliography is available for $23 from the Superintendent of Documents, P.O. Box 371954, Pittsburgh, PA 15250-7954; order by fax with VISA or MasterCard at (202) 512-2250. Cite the stock number: S/N 030-00-00-271-7.

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PR 96-122
ISSN 0731-3527

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