Claire Nolte

Professor

History

Education

  • PHD, Columbia University
  • MA, Columbia University
  • BA, Douglass College

Courses Taught

HIST 150      Roots: History
HIST 200      Introduction to the Study of History
HIST 354      History of the Soviet Union
HIST 355      East Europe in Modern Times
HIST 388      Women in Modern Europe

HIST 490:     Senior Seminar

  • Research

    The modern history of East Central Europe, focusing on the Czech lands of the Habsburg Empire in the nineteenth century and examining questions of nationalism, women's history, urban history, and culture.

  • Publications and Scholarly Activities

    Books:

    • Author, The Sokol in the Czech Lands to 1914: Training for the Nation (Palgrave Press, 2002).
    • Co-editor, Encyclopedia of Ethnicity and Sports in the United States (Greenwood Press, 2000).

    Articles in scholarly publications: 

    • “‘Our Task, Direction, and Goal’: Miroslav Tyrš and the Origins of Sokol” Slovo: the Magazine of the National Czech and Slovak Museum and Library, Vol. 18. No. 1 (Summer 2017): 4-9. 
    • “Celebrating Slavic Prague: Festivals and the Urban Environment,” Bohemia: Zeitschrift für Geschichte und Kultur der böhmischen Länder, Vol. 52 (2012), No. 1:  37-54.
    • “Inter army silent Musae?  Culture in Wartime Prague,” Kafka, Prag und der Erste Weltkrieg/Kafka, Prague, and the First World War. Eds. Manfred Engel and Ritchie Robertson. Oxford Kafka Studies II. Würzburg: Könighausen & Neumann, 2012, 93-105.
    • "Voluntary Associations and Nation-Building in 19th Century Prague," Different Paths to the Nation: Regional and National Identity in Central Europe and Italy, 1830-70. Ed. Laurence Cole. Basingstoke, UK: Palgrave-Macmillan, 2007, 82-99. 
    • "All For One! One For All! The Federation of Slavic Sokols and the Failure of Neo-Slavism," Constructing Nationalities in East Central Europe, Eds. Pieter M. Judson and Marsha L. RozenblitNew York: Berghahn Press, 2005, 126-140.
    • "Politics on the Parallel Bars:  The Role of Gymnastic Clubs in the Czech Lands to 1914,"  Ethnic and National Issues in Russian and East European History.  Ed. John Morison. Basingstoke, UK and New York: Macmillan/St. Martin's, 2000, 260-278.
    • "Ambivalent Patriots: Czech Culture in the Great War," European Culture in the Great War: The Arts, Entertainment, and Propaganda. Eds. Aviel Roshwald and Richard Stites. Cambridge, England: Cambridge University Press, 1999, 162-175.
    • "Choosing Czech Identity in Nineteenth-Century Prague: The Case of Jindřich Fügner," Nationalities Papers, Vol. 24, No. 1 (March 1996), 51-62.
    • "The New Central Europe of Thomas Garrigue Masaryk," Wilsonian East Central Europe: Current Perspectives. Ed. John Micgiel. New York: The Pilsudski Institute Press, 1995, 7-24.
    • "Art in the Service of the Nation: Miroslav Tyrš as Art Historian and Critic," Bohemia: Zeitschrift für Geschichte und Kultur der böhmischen Länder, Vol. 34, No. 1 (1993), 47- 62.
    • "Our Brothers Across the Ocean: The Czech Sokol in America to 1914," Czechoslovak and Central European Journal, Volume 11, No. 2 (Winter 1993),15-37. Winner of Stanley Z. Pech Prize for Best Article in the Field of Czechoslovak History in 1993 and 1994. Reprinted in International Journal of the History of Sport, Vol. 26, No. 13 (October 2009):1963-1982 [edited and updated by the author].
    • "'Every Czech a Sokol!': Feminism and Nationalism in the Czech Sokol Movement," Austrian History Yearbook, Vol. XXIV (1993), 79-100. Winner of 1993 Heldt Prize for Best Article in Slavic Women's Studies.
    • "'Our Task, Direction and Goal': The Development of the Sokol National Program to World War I," Vereinswesen und Geschichtspflege in den böhmischen Ländern. Ed. Ferdinand Seibt. Munich: Oldenbourg, 1986, 123-138. Reprinted in Die slawische Sokolbewegung: Beiträge zur Geschichte von Sport und Nationalismus in Osteuropa. Ed. Diethelm Blecking. Dortmund: Forschungsstelle Ostmitteleuropa, 1991, 37-52.
    • Entries in Encyclopedia of New York City, 2nd ed.; Encyclopedia of Europe, 1789-1914; Encyclopedia of the 1848 Revolutions; and Encyclopedia of Eastern Europe: From the Congress of Vienna to the Fall of Communism.
    • Book reviews in Austrian History Yearbook, Central Europe, Slavic Review, Austrian Studies Newsletter, American Historical Review, Slavonic and East European Review, Jahrbücher für Geschichte Osteuropas, Slavic and East European Journal, Nationalities PapersKosmas: Czechoslovak and Central European Journal, German Politics and Society, and H-HABSBURG (http://h-net.msu/edu)

     

    Conference Papers and Invited Talks:

    • “'A Magical Theater of Strength and Beauty': The 1912 Slet in Prague,” Celebrations: Festkultur in Austria, Workshop at the Ingeborg Bachmann Centre for Austrian Literature, London, June 2016.
    • “The Battle for the Streets of Prague, 1861-1900," Annual Conference of the British Association for Slavonic and East European Studies, Cambridge University, April 2016.
    • “Praga/Prag/Praha: Redefining Identity in an Era of Modern Cities,” Colloquium of the Imre Kertész Kolleg, Jena, Germany, April 2015.
    • "The Nation on Parade:  Processions in Late Imperial Prague," Convention of the Association for Slavic, East European and Eurasian Studies, Boston, MA, November 2013.
    • "Spectacle and Politics in Late Habsburg Prague," (invited lecture) Czech  Academy of Sciences, Prague, Czech Republic, April 2013.
    • “The Czechs in Historical Perspective,” (invited lecture) Fulbright Orientation Conference, Prague, Czech Republic, September 2012.
    • “The Nation on Display: Exhibitions in Prague, 1891 and 1895,” Conference of the European Association for Urban History, Prague, Czech Republic, August 2012.
    • “Celebrating Slavic Prague: Festivals and the Urban Environment,” Prague as Represented Space, University of Regensburg, Germany, May 2011.
    • “Our Golden Slavic Prague: The Czechization of the Bohemian Capital before World War I,” Convention of the Association for Slavic, East European and Eurasian Studies, Los Angeles, November 2010.
    • “Inter arma silent Musae?: Culture in Wartime Prague,” (invited lecture) Kafka, Prague, and the First World War, Oxford Kafka Research Centre, Oxford University, England, September 2010.
    • “Praga caput regni: Celebrating Slavic Prague on the Eve of the Great War” (invited lecture), The Changing Landscape of East-Central Europe since 1700 in Transnational Context, Oxford University, England, September 2009.
    • “Rock Around the Bloc: The History Behind Tom Stoppard’s Play ‘Rock N Roll’,” Dante Seminar Lecture, School of Arts, Manhattan College, March 2008.
    • “From Fraternity to Community: The Role of Voluntary Associations in the Czech National Movement in the 19th Century,” (invited lecture), Keynote Address, Seventh Michigan Czech Workshop, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI, April 2006.
    • “Mobilizing the Nation: Voluntary Associations and National Identity in Mid-Century Prague,” (invited lecture) Different Paths to the Nation: National Identity and State-building in Germany, Italy, and the Habsburg Monarchy c. 1830-1870,” Centro per gli studi storici italo-germanici, Trento, Italy, June 2004.
    • “Homo Ludens? Sports and Nationalism in Central Europe,” Historical Society Convention,Boothbay Harbor, ME, June 2004.
    • “The Nineteenth-Century Origins of the Czech Sokol Movement,” New York Sokol Hall, February 2004.
    • “Mens Sana in Corpore Sano: Masculine Ideals in the German Turnverein and the Czech Sokol,” Conference of the German Studies Association, New Orleans, LA, September 2003. 
    • “Under the Sokol Flag: The Slavic Mission of Czech Gymnastics, “ Canadian Association of Slavists Convention, Halifax, Nova Scotia, May 2003.
    • “Prague as the Slavic Athens: Celebrating Slavic Solidarity on the Eve of the Great War,” (invited lecture) Columbia University Seminar in Twentieth Century Politics and Society, New York, May 2003.
    • “The Sons of Slavia: Celebrating Slavic Identity at the 1912 All-Slav Slet in Prague,” Convention of the American Association for the Advancement of Slavic Studies, Pittsburgh, PA, November  2002.
    • "Inventing Tradition: Celebrating Slavic Identity on the Eve of the Great War," Dante Seminar Lecture, Manhattan College, School of Arts, December 2000.
    • "Hail the Slavs!: The 1912 Pan-Slav Slet in Prague and the Rituals of Slavic Solidarity,"  VI.World Congress of Slavic and East European Studies, Tampere, Finland, August 2000.
    • "All for One and One for All!:  The Federation of Slavic Sokols and the Failure of Neo-Slavism," Dilemmas of East Central Europe: Nationalism, Dictatorship, and the Search for Identity, Columbia University, New York, NY, March 2000.
    • "The Habsburg Empire: A Prisonhouse of Nations?" Austrian Evenings Series, Camden County College, Blackwood, NJ, February 1998.
    • "Die Frauenfrage in der Sokolbewegung bis 1914," International Conference on the Sokol, its Origins, Development, and Importance, Prague, Czech Republic, September 1997.
    • "Ambivalent Patriots: Czech Culture in World War I," American Association for the Advancement of Slavic Studies Convention, Boston, MA, November 1996.
    • "Politics on the Parallel Bars: The Role of Gymnastic Clubs in Defining Identity in Nineteenth-Century Bohemia," Fifth World Congress for Central and East European Studies, Warsaw, Poland, August 1995.
    • “Inventing Identity: The Sokol and the Shaping of Czech National Consciousness,” Center for Slavic, Eurasian, and East European Studies, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, NC,February 1995.
    • "Milan Kundera's Central Europe," Dante Seminar Lecture, Manhattan College, School of Arts, December 1994.
    • "The Meaning of Central Europe," Conference on European Identities, Indiana University, Bloomington, IN, February 1994.
    • "Ex Occidente Lux: The American Club of Ladies in Prague," American Association for the Advancement of Slavic Studies Convention, Honolulu, HI, November 1993.
    • "Masaryk's Slav Central Europe," Conference on Wilsonian East Central Europe: Current Perspectives, Columbia University and The Pilsudski Institute, New York, NY, October 1993.
    • "Training for Slavic Solidarity: The Czech Sokol and the Slavic Gymnastic Movement," Luncheon Seminar, Center for Russian and East European Studies, Pennsylvania State University, University Park, PA, April 1993.
    • "The New Central Europe," Forum on the New Europe, Bucknell University, Lewisburg, PA, March 1993.
    • "A German-Speaking Praguer: The Case of Jindřich Fügner," American Association for the Advancement of Slavic Studies Convention, Phoenix, AZ, November 1992. 
    • "The American Sokol in the Era of Mass Immigration," Symposium on the History of Czech Immigrants in the United States, University of Nebraska at Lincoln, September 1992.
    • "Czechs and Slovaks in Historical Perspective," Fulbright Orientation Conference, East Europe and Central Eurasia, Washington, DC, July 1992.
    • "The Origins of Backwardness in East Central Europe," International Executive Seminar, Washington University, St. Louis, MO, March 1992.
    • "Gymnastics and the Nationalization of the Czech Masses," Curti Lounge Lecture, University of Wisconsin at Madison, February 1992.
    • "Art in the Service of the Nation: Miroslav Tyrš as Art Historian and Critic," American Association for the Advancement of Slavic Studies Convention, Miami, FL, November 1991.
    • "Women in the Czech Sokol Movement," Luncheon Lecture Series, Institute on East Central Europe, Columbia University, January, 1991.
    • "Sports and Leisure in Czech Society," Workshop on Czech Culture, Summer Research Laboratory on Russia and Eastern Europe, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, July 1990.
    • "Der Sokol und seine Wirkung auf die Herausbildung des tschechischen historischen Identitätsbewußtseins," Conference of the Collegium Carolinum, Bad Wiessee, Germany, November 1984.
    • "The Women's Question in the Sokol Movement," Congress of the Czechoslovak Society of Arts and Sciences, Pittsburgh, PA, October 1982.
  • Professional Experience and Memberships
    • Manhattan College:  Chair, History Department, 2001-2009.  Director, Program in International Studies, 1996-2000.  Founder, Manhattan College Chapter of Epsilon Sigma Pi, the international studies honor society.  Historian, Upsilon of New York Chapter, Phi Beta Kappa, 1993-2009.  Chair, Newman Lecture Committee, 2010-2015.
    • Czechoslovak Studies Association: President, 2004-2007; Vice-President 1997-2000; Member of Pech Prize Committee, 1998.
    • Outside Evaluator, Project Proposals, Grant Agency of the Czech Republic, Academy of Sciences, 2010-present.
    • External Reviewer, Tenure and Promotion Applications, 2007 and 2012.
    • Taught the course, "Golden Slavic Prague," Hofstra University in Central Europe Program, Prague, Czech Republic, May-June 2007.
    Professional Memberships
    • Czechoslovak Studies Association
    • Association for Slavic, East European and Eurasian Studies (fomerly, American Association for the Advancement of Slavic Studies)
    • Association for Women in Slavic Studies
  • Honors, Awards, and Grants
    • Fellow, Imre Kertész Kolleg, Friedrich-Schiller University, Jena, Germany, Spring 2015.
    • Stanley Z. Pech Prize for Best Article in the Field of Czechoslovak History in 1993 and 1994, awarded by the Czechoslovak Studies Association in 1995 for "Our Brothers Across the Ocean: The Czech Sokol in America to 1914," Czechoslovak and Central European Journal, Volume 11, No. 2 (Winter 1993),15-37. Updated and edited version reprinted in International Journal of the History of Sport, Vol. 26, No. 13 (October 2009):1963-1982.
    • Heldt Prize for Best Article in Slavic Women's Studies awarded in 1993 by the Association for Women in Slavic Studies for "'Every Czech a Sokol!': Feminism and Nationalism in the Czech Sokol Movement," Austrian History Yearbook, Vol. XXIV (1993), 79-100.
    Grants:
    • Fulbright Research Grant, Prague, Czech Republic, Spring 2013.
    • Faculty Summer Grant, Manhattan College, 2015, 2012, 2009, 2005, and 2001.
    • Short-Term Travel Grant from International Research and Exchanges Board (IREX) for research in Prague, Czech Republic, June 1996.
    • Grant for Travel to Meetings Abroad, American Council of Learned Societies, to attend Fifth World Congress for Central and East European Studies, Warsaw, Poland, August 1995.
    • Bernadotte E. Schmitt Grant for Research in the History of Europe, Africa, and Asia, awarded by the American Historical Association, Summer 1995.
    • IREX Post-Doctoral Research Grant, Prague, Czech Republic, June-August, 1993.
    • Research Grant, Woodrow Wilson Center for Advanced International Studies, East European Program, Washington, DC, June-Sept. 1992.
    • Mellon Postdoctoral Fellowship, Washington University, St. Louis, MO, Sept. 1991-June 1992.
    • Short-Term Grant, Woodrow Wilson Center for Advanced International Studies, East European Program, Washington, DC, June 1990.
    • Fulbright-Hays Doctoral Dissertation Research Award, Prague, Czechoslovakia, 1978-79.
    • Fulbright Fellowship, Munich, Germany, 1968-1969.
    • Phi Beta Kappa, inducted 1968.