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11. 06. 2024

Johannes Gleixner: New Currency or Bad Money? Popular Reactions to the Introduction of a New Czechoslovak Currency after the First World War


Am 11. Juni, 17.00 Uhr beschließt Johannes Gleixner mit einem Vortrag über die Währungsreform nach dem Ersten Weltkrieg in der Tschechoslowakischen Republik das Sommersemester der Prager Vorträge.

Ort: Prager Außenstelle des Collegium Carolinum (Valentinská 91/1, Praha, 3. Stock)

Der Vortrag wird auch via Zoom übertragen.


Collegium Carolinum,
the German Historical Institute Warsaw,
and the Leibniz-Institute for History and Culture in Eastern Europe
in collaboration with the Ústav hospodářských a sociálních dějin FF UK
cordially invite you to the lecture


New Currency or Bad Money? Popular Reactions to the Introduction of a New Czechoslovak Currency after the First World War


Tuesday, June 11 2024, 5 p.m.
Valentinská 91/1, 3rd Floor

The lecture will be streamed via Zoom as well, please contact


The currency reform of 1919, usually attributed to Alois Rašín, is regarded as a stunning success by the young state of Czechoslovakia, enabling it to escape the turmoil of inflation in Central and Eastern Europe. However, two circumstances deserve closer examination: firstly, a transitional phase began immediately after the introduction of the new currency, during which the old (Austro-Hungarian) banknotes were no longer fully valid, but were not invalid either. Moreover, the validity of a new currency depends not only on its emission as such, but on its acceptance by the public.
In the Czechoslovak case, the general populace dealt with the ambiguity of transition in its way. In particular, the question of which banknotes (and cash reserves) were still valid or legal sparked conflicts and negotiations that tell us a lot about the difference between money as an economic quantity and money as part of cultural practice.


Johannes Gleixner is a researcher at Collegium Carolinum – Research Institute for the History of the Czech Lands and Slovakia. He is interested in the history of non-religion and secularist movements in East and East Central Europe during the late 19th and early 20th century, focusing amongst others on socialist and communist freethought in Czechoslovakia and Soviet Russia. Other interests include the monetary history of Central Europe in the 20th century as well as Historical Network Analysis of letter correspondence.