Dear readers,
 
The New Presence website was started in 2012 due to the interest of non-Czech speakers in reading what Czechs themselves were writing about.
Initially the website featured exclusive translations of articles from our Czech mother version Přítomnost, which is now the leading analytical magazine in the Czech Republic (www.pritomnost.cz).
 
Over time, the number of English-language sources that cover the Czech and regional press has grown. As such, this website archives key articles, past and present, that focus on key central European issues.
Additionally, from time to time, we do post reprints of current articles from other sources, which we feel are unique and important in understanding this region.
 
Martin J Stránský
Publisher, Přítomnost and The New Presence
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One Hundred Years of Czech Provincialism

Dear readers, in conjunction with the 100 – year anniversary of the founding of Czechoslovakia we are pleased to present the following article by renowned historian Igor Lukeš. (Martin Jan Stránský, Publisher)

 

Despite years of Nazi and communist occupation, the Czech Republic is now a member of NATO and its relations with the United States and other allies in the West are strong. It was heartwarming to see General James Mattis observing the Czech Army’s pass-in-review on October 28th. Given the Czech Republic’s geographic location, this is not a small achievement, and it is good to celebrate it.

 

At the same time, we need to anticipate problems and prepare to face them before they become insurmountable. It is a truism but one worth repeating that friends not only support and sustain each another, they also tell each other the truth, even when it is uncomfortable, inconvenient, or outright painful. This is what I propose to do today. I will argue that the Czech Republic

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