Geografie 2016, 121, 187-207

Protestant cemeteries in Czechia: a necrogeographical perspective

Zdeněk R. Nešpor

Institute of the Sociology of the Czech Academy of Sciences, Prague, Czechia

Received July 2014
Accepted September 2015

The article introduces the field of necrogeography to Czech social geography and provides information on existing (nationwide) data sources. The author takes the issue of Protestant confessional cemeteries as an example, briefly outlines the history of these special types of burial fields (established principally from the end of the 18th century until approximately the mid-20th century), and provides a historical geographical analysis of their regional distribution in the Czech Lands. The article proves the impact of religious and geographical factors on the emergence (and eventual demise) of non-Catholic Christian confessional cemeteries and, at the same time, the research unveiled a number of important research questions to be addressed by Czech necrogeography in the future.


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