Goll, Jaroslav

Goll, Jaroslav

 

Born July 11, 1846, in Chlumec; died July 8, 1929, in Prague. Czech historian.

Goll was the founder of the positivist tendency in Czech historical science, the so-called Goll school, which proclaimed the impossibility of knowing the laws of historical development and therefore called only for the study of individual problems of history. Goll, a student of the Czech historian V. Tomek, graduated from Charles University. He was an assistant professor (1875–80) and professor (1885–1910) at Charles University, and from 1874 to 1880 he was simultaneously a professor at the Commercial Academy. In 1895, together with the historian A. Rezek, he founded the journal Cesky casopis historyck ý, which he directed until 1918. Goll wrote a series of monographs devoted to medieval Czech history, mainly from the 15th to 18th centuries. [In some contexts, the term “medieval” in Russian covers a broader time period than in English.]

WORKS

Quellen und Untersuchungen zur Geschichte der böhmischen Brüder [vols.] 1–2. Prague, 1878–82.
čechy a prusy ve středovéku. Prague, 1897.
Chelčicky a jednola ν XV stol. Prague, 1916.
Válka o zemé koruny české (1740–1742). Prague, 1915.

REFERENCE

Nejedly. Z. Spisy, 2nd ed., vol. 16. Prague, 1953.

N. D. RATNER

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