A. R. Nykl and Mexico's Past, Present and Future

Pages 5–26
DOI 10.2478/anpm-2019-0012
Keywords Alois Richard (A. R.) Nykl, Náprstek Museum of Asian, African and American cultures, Mexico, Mexican revolution, Czech travelers, Czech American
Type of Article Peer-reviewed
Citation WINKLEROVÁ, Dagmar. A. R. Nykl and Mexico's Past, Present and Future. Annals of the Náprstek Museum. Prague: National Museum, 2019, 40(2), 5–26. DOI: https://doi.org/10.2478/anpm-2019-0012. ISSN 0231-844X (print), 2533-5685 (online). Also available from: https://publikace.nm.cz/en/periodicals/aotnpm/40-2/a-r-nykl-and-mexicos-past-present-and-future
Annals of the Náprstek Museum | 2019/40/2

This article aims to describe the personality of the talented Czech linguist and distinctive philosopher Alois Richard Nykl, with a special focus on his repeated stays in Mexico as well as his reflection of the post-revolutionary developments there. The unpublished travelogue “Present-Day Mexico,” complemented with the author’s short texts and other archive materials from Nykl’s estate, served as the initial material for this study. This has resulted in a colourful and multilayered picture of the Mexican society in the 1920s as well as Nykl’s complex personality. After over 90 years, his analyses of the contemporary situation and estimates of the future development of Mexico provide an opportunity for an interesting comparison with the present state of affairs.

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