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Hugh L Agnew Faculty Member

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Hugh Agnew specializes in Central and Eastern Europe, with a focus on modern Czech history. He earned an Honors B.A. in history from Queen's University, and his M.A. and Ph.D. from Stanford. Agnew came to GWU in 1988, after teaching at Queen's and the National University of Singapore. He served for more than a decade as an associate dean in the Elliott School of International Affairs, leaving his last post in January 2016. Agnew teaches graduate and undergraduate courses on Central and Eastern Europe, Germany, and the World history survey. His first book examines a group of intellectuals in late 18th and early 19th century Bohemia whose linguistic, literary and historical studies laid the foundations for the subsequent Czech nationalist movement. His most recent book surveys Czech history in its European setting, from the arrival of the Czechs in Bohemia to the present. Professor Agnew's current research explores the use of symbol and ritual in the Czech nationalist movement, topics on which he has published several preparatory studies, and which will be the theme of his next book. He is editor of the journal Kosmas: Czechoslovak and Central European Review, published by the Spolecnost pro vedy a umeni/Society of Arts and Sciences. He has appeared on international and local media including CNN, C-SPAN, Czech Television, Voice of America's Czech service, and Radio Prague's Czech and English services.

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