Geografie 2013, 118, 392-414

The perception of borders by the inhabitants of regions with divergent continuity of socio-historical development as a an aspect of regional identity

Miloslav Šerý1, Petr Šimáček2

1Ostravská Univerzita v Ostravě, Přírodovědecká fakulta, katedra sociální geografie a regionálního rozvoje, Chittussiho 10, 710 00 Ostrava – Slezská Ostrava, Czechia
2Univerzita Palackého v Olomouci, Přírodovědecká fakulta, katedra geografie, 17. listopadu 12, 771 46 Olomouc, Czechia

Received December 2012
Accepted October 2013

This contribution deals with the issue that has been somewhat neglected in Czech geography so far. It is the issue of perception of borders in the context of the extent of population’s regional identity. The study attempts to assess this phenomenon in regions with significantly different historical development with regard to continuity or discontinuity of the settlement tradition. Two model regions have been selected, the Jeseník region, where the population was almost completely replaced after the World War II, and the Valašské Klobouky region, where the population remained autochthonous after the war. There appears to be a clear difference in the nature of the results.


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