The Great Country Houses of the Czech Republic and SlovakiaBook - 2007
Lord Pratt tells the story of the country houses that crown the rolling hills of the Czech Republic and Slovakia, immersing us in the vanished world of these countries' aristocracies. A comprehensive analysis of where politics, culture, and art merge, The Great Country Houses of the Czech Republic and Slovakia is a captivating read for anyone curious about the history and architecture of these two countries. Gerhard Trumler's striking photographs allow readers entrance, for example, to the Liechtensteins' twin chateaux of Valtice and Lednice in the Czech Republic. The lords of these castles established one of the greatest art collections in the world and played a major role in the diplomatic and military lives of the nation; they still remain as the ruling house of the Principality of Liechtenstein. Pratt's new chapter speaks of the difficulties of restoration and problems concerning modern-day ownership. Though many estates were lost or damaged during the World Wars, the houses as they stand today--some restored, some languishing in disrepair--present a rich cultural heritage of two fascinating countries. Lord Michael Pratt is a scholar based in London who specializes in modern European history. His works include Britain's Greek Empire, a study of Corfu and the Ionian Islands under Venetian and British rule. Gerhard Trumler is a professor of photography in Vienna and a professional photographer whose work has appeared in more than fifty books. 155 illustrations, 139 in full color
Publisher: New York :, Abbeville Press,, 
Edition: First edition.
Copyright Date: ©2007
Branch Call Number: 728.8094371 PR OS
Characteristics: 144 pages : illustrations (chiefly color), color map ; 33 cm
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