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Czech literature

the body of writing in the Czech language. Before 1918 there was no independent Czechoslovak state, and Bohemia and Moravia-the Czech-speaking regions that, with part of Silesia, now constitute the Czech Republic-were for a long time provinces of the Habsburg Holy Roman and Austrian empires. Because of this, the evolution of the Czechs' literary language became historically linked to their efforts to maintain their ethnic identity

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Encyclopedia Britannica, 2008. Encyclopedia Britannica Online.
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