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Industrial Lifes. Towns, Biographies and the Negotiation of Modernity in Czechoslovakia, 1920-1960

Industrial towns such as Brno, Ostrava or Zlín produced new and controversial ideas of modern life, both as the utopian concept of progress and as the caricature of dehumanisation. Here, companies, workers, and intellectuals presented specific and competing understandings of modern human society that developed beyond the radical regime changes of the twentieth century. The project studies how such actors contested and decontested the concepts of work and industrial life between 1920 and 1960.