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Czech National Revival: a Source of Inspiration for Gaelic Revivalists?

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The present paper deals with the relationship between the Czech National Revival and the Gaelic revivalist movement in Scotland at the end of the nineteenth century and beginning of the twentieth. It is well known that the European national movements were initially strongly inspired by the Scottish romanticism personified by James Macpherson and his Ossian cycle.

However, researchers rarely study European continental nationalism as a source of inspiration for Celtic revivalist movements. The Scottish An Comunn Gaidhealach did, at the turn of the century show an interest in the experiences of the so-called small nations of Europe, following the climax of their national endeavors, and it commented on them in its publications.

In this study, we focus on the Czech national revival and how it was represented in Gaelic revivalist publications. Key questions are the following: what was the attitude of the Gaelic revivalists towards the Czech national movement; did they consider it to be inspirational, or did they rather dismiss it? These questions are particularly intriguing considering the fact that the English intelligentsia in the same period made considerable appeal to the example of Hungarian emancipation.