All rooms are equipped with an overhead projector
Rooms C, D, E, F, G and H (H only on Saturday): slide projector (framed slides, carrousel. There are extra carrousels available to set up your presentation in advance)
Rooms C, D, M, N, O, U and Committee Room 2: beamer to connect your laptop. You have to bring you own laptop. (If you want to use your Apple notebook, please contact us, as it may be incompatible.)
Rooms C, T and U: VCR
|Strategies of Survival and Forms of Social Resistance: Central European high nobles and nobility networks in the first half of the 20th century.|
|The paper deals with Austrian-Bohemian high nobles, their strategies of economic, political, social survival and forms of social resistance during the early 20th century and the interwar period. Through the rich correspondence of Count Harrach, it traces the role of extended networks of (primarily high) noble men and women, connected with each another by ties of kinship and/or friendship.
It argues that, despite the undermining of their political power in the beginning of 20th century due to the rising of mass democracy and finally Habsburg Monarchy’s dissolution and the abolishment of nobility titles immediately after the end of the “Great War”, some nobles strived and managed to retain a considerable part of their wealth, their cultural and thus symbolic capital, as well as their social power, at least at a local level, even within the young national states (Austria and Czechoslovakia) formed by the War Treaties. Institutions, such as the family’s entailed estates (so-called “fideicommissum”), ensured that the nobles’ wealth was maintained and the maintenance of extended lands provided them with crucial living means. In the first decades of 20th century (up to late 1930’s), intense sociability, expressions of solidarity as well as social endogamy ensured the reproduction of high nobles’ exclusive culture and their symbolic capital. In regard to political activity, they survived giving up their distinct presence and adhering to parties and coalitions that expressed conservative-catholic interests and values.