Last November I returned from a trip through Czechia-Slovakia-Hungary
and brought a few books that I have sought for a long, long time.
Surprisingly they are published in Hungary, which has historically
been very chauvinistic and paternalistic in opinions and
presentations. It seems the world can change! By the way, if you
are ever in Budapest, find time to visit the Ethnography Museum which
does cover the many peoples of old Hungary, not just Magyars. The
two treasures are two volumes of "A Cultural History of Hungary" with
subtitles "From the Beginnings to the Eighteenth Century" and "In the
Nineteenth and Twentieth Centuries" with both edited by Laszlo Kosa,
ISBN 963-13-4836-9 and ISBN 963-13-4945-4. The English is excellent,
reading easy and they are quite informative. They tell just where
gaps in information exist and what sources are available, and they
report on both rich and poor life styles.
More specific Slovak information can be found in "Slovakia, European
Contexts of the Folk Culture" by VEDA Publishing House of the Slovak
Academy of Sciences, Bratislava 1997, ISBN 80-224-0502-7 which
presents English articles on many aspects of life, architecture, art
and tools with supporting photos and illustrations. This is based on
the Slovak language "Ethnografický Atlas Slovenska" 1990 ISBN 80-224-
0075-0 that is about 18" x 20". Fortunately I was living in Europe
at the time I discovered it and it fit in my car!
The lack of western histories on this part of Europe has been a life
long frustration, so I started collecting anything I could find and
afford in 1970. I recommend the first three English language books,
and the fourth in Slovak language if you find it in a library.
--- In SLOVAK-ROOTS@yahoogroups.com
, "Janet Kozlay" <kozlay@c...>
> Thanks for providing in interesting description of medieval house
> architecture. It is too bad that the author did not make any
> with 18th and 19th century practices. The use of logs, however,
> have continued.
> I have looked in vain for an English-language book on Slovak
> There is apparently an excellent study published in the last
decade, but it
> is in Slovak only. I think there would be considerable potential
> for such a book in English.
> The closest thing I have been able to find is a compilation of six
> papers entitled "The Persistence of Regional Cultures: Rusyns &
> in their Carpathian Homeland and Abroad," edited by Paul Robert
> 5 of the Classics of Carpatho-Rusyn Scholarship series. Although
> available from the Expatriate Bookshop of Denmark, they want $50.00
> which I think is very expensive. I have ordered one item from this
> also expensive, and it took many weeks for it to arrive despite
> thought was a very high shipping fee.
> I believe that Fel and Hofer's "Proper Peasants" has achieved a
> readership, and many copies are available through abebooks.com at
> reasonable prices. Although this is an intensive study of one
> village, I suspect that most of it could be applied to a wide area
> Central Europe. It is an excellent presentation of daily peasant
> the late 18th and early 19th centuries. Until something more
> appears on Slovakia, I can highly recommend it.