Czech–German Relations as Reflected in Old Czech Literature
The Slavs' response to the German hegemony was to adopt a policy of appeasement and resistance, whichever was required by the situation. The Slav-German relationship became most complex and paradoxical in Bohemia and Moravia. This chapter explores this relationship as reflected in Old Czech literature from the end of the 13th to the beginning of the 15th century. From the outset, the Czechs entertained ambivalent feelings toward their more powerful neighbours. In political and cultural matters they often sought to emulate the foreigners, yet at the same time felt resentful of their prosperity and accomplishments, especially when the Germans began to receive special favours from the Czech kings. The chapter further discusses the political and economic situation in the Czech lands, waves of German immigration, and the policy sovereigns of the Přemyslid dynasty.
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