Pavel Štoll. Latvian Culture and the Moravian church

Czech Contexts for Latvian Culture Traditions from 17th to 20th Century.

In his book, Pavel Štoll researches the relationship between Czech and Latvian literature and culture, especially the influence of the Moravian Church. Latvian traditions are analysed in their Czech context through a reading of Latvian texts, and the country’s political, religious and cultural history. The fundaments of Latvian written language and literature were established by a non-Latvian upperclass, meanwhile it was partly thanks to the Moravian Church that the Latvians developed Latvian culture themselves. Štoll analyses a number of sources, among them texts of Latvian Herrnhuterians. Through a typological analysis of these texts, the writer underlines the existent analogies in Czech literature, which are defined by J. B. Čapek as: “Czechoslovak literature of religious toleration”.

The book is translated from Czech to Latvian by Jānis Krastiņš. The Czech original title is “Lotyšská kultura a Jednota bratrská: České kontexty lotyšských kulturních tradic v 17.-20. stoletís”. The designer of the book is Ilze Kalnbērziņa Praz.

The publication was possible thanks to support from The Latvian Culture Capital Foundation and The Embassy of the Czech Republic in Latvia.