"...that effort for ever greater perfection – that's our fortune." : Dohnány's Vision of Slovakia (1920) as an example of modern utopy
Source document: Studia historica Brunensia. 2022, vol. 69, iss. 1, pp. 97-112
ISSN1803-7429 (print)2336-4513 (online)
There was published a pamphlet called Aké bude Slovensko o sto rokov? (1920), [What will Slovakia be like in 100 years?] just a century ago. It offered a vision of Slovak national state's future – the state flourishing with social welfare, scientific and technological progress and moral maturity of citizens. Adaptation of "happy national home" idea for future, written by engineer Jozef Dohnány (1873 – 1947), carries marks characteristics for utopias. The conference paper approaches to Dohnány's vision as to a branch of modern dynamic utopic phenomenon, creating a communication space, especially in the 19.th and 20.th century, for expressing desires and ideals, testing possibilities of mental borders and calling for social or political mobilization in favour of achievement realistic, or even unrealistic aims. The paper uses interdisciplinary interpretative approach for analysis of Dohnány vision's ideological structure, compares it in relation to More's prototype of utopia and refers to representations of "period's presence" in utopic genre.
- Príspevok bol podporený Grantom mladých UK č. G-20-017-00 a vychádza v rámci projektu VEGA 1/0139/21 s názvom "Slovenský intelektuál na križovatke tradície a moderny", riešenom na Katedre slovenských dejín, FiF UK v Bratislave.