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Minerva 1890-1936

Minerva 1890-1936

Kronika prvního dívčího gymnázia v habsburské monarchii

Sekyrková, Milada

subjects: history – 19th century, history – 20th century

paperback, 404 pp., 1. edition
published: september 2016
ISBN: 978-80-246-3437-1
recommended price: 450 czk



The chronicle of the Minerva Grammar School covers approximately the first half century (1890–1936) of the existence of this secondary school, an establishment which represented a breakthrough in the educational system. This first general secondary school for girls in central Europe was intended to prepare young girls for university study, which however was not possible at the time in Austria-Hungary or anywhere else for that matter. The chronicle thus also outlines the path chosen by the school’s founder, writer Eliška Krásnohorská, along with its teachers and students, to facilitate making a university education available to women and subsequently also their equal placement in their qualified fields of study. As the chronicle covered daily routine, it also captured the discontinuity (but in many respects also the continuity) of the secondary school education during the reign of Emperor Franz Joseph I, during the First World War and in the newly established Czechoslovak Republic after 1918.