Author presents history from two perspectives

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Patrick Fisher, The New Prague Times
Kenneth Janda explains the history behind his book “The Emperor and the Peasant” during the Tuesday, July 10, meeting of the Czech Heritage Club at New Prague City Hall. Patrick Fisher Photo)

The Czech Heritage Club hosted Kenneth Janda at its Tuesday, July 10, meeting at New Prague City Hall. Janda is the author of the book “The Emperor and the Peasant,” which provides a look at the Great War (World War I) from two vastly different perspectives.

Janda, the Payson S. Wild Professor Emeritus of Political Science at Northwestern University in Evanston, IL, explained the emperor was Franz Josef, Emperor of Austria, King of Hungary, and monarch of other states in the Austro-Hungarian Empire. The other person was Samuel Mozolak, a Slovak peasant and the grandfather of Janda's wife, Ann. Janda detailed background history of the two men and how they were involved. Josef became Emperor when he was 18 and ruled just 11 days short of 68 years. He ruled autocratically and had been a soldier, but not a warlord. He was among those that......

To see more on this story pick up the July 19, 2018 print edition of The New Prague Times. 

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