David Černý’s Prague: A Guide

David Černý may not be a household name, but his unsubtle and at times highly controver­sial creations undeniably draw the attention of the onlooker’s eye. Love him or hate him, the Czech artist’s work certainly cannot be accused of being dull or unwitty. Many of his intriguing (and in some cases jaw-dropping) sculptures lay nestled within the historic nooks and crannies of Prague’s cobble-stoned streets, and make for a captivating if not slightly perplexing observation. To help you find them, we’ve put together this handy David Černý sightseeing guide.

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Yugoslavia: A Very Brief History

It’s now ten years since Yugoslavia formally ceased to exist. Its demise was rapid, accelerated by the intensification of ethnic tensions between Croats and Serbs, Bosniaks and Slovenes. And yet it was the similarities in their culture and ethnicity – as well as their shared experience of foreign oppression – that had brought them together and created the Yugoslav ideal in the first place. In this Very Brief History, Terra Nova looks at what led to its inception and what caused its downfall.

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Heroes of History: Rani Lakshmibai of Jhansi

Hailed as India’s Joan of Arc, Rani Lakshmibai was one of the leading figures of the Indian Rebellion (1857-9), an event that would define British rule on the sub-continent for the next 90 years. Though less eminent in the Western world than her French counterpart, the fiery rani (queen) who stood up to her oppressors is revered amongst Indians as a cultural icon and an antecedent of independence luminaries Nehru and Ghandi.

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