The Czech And Slovak Republics / Edition 1

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Overview


This clear, objective introduction to the politics of Czechoslovakia and the successor Czech and Slovak Republics provides a comprehensive analysis of Czechoslovakia in the postcommunist period. Carol Leff builds a framework for understanding the dynamics of the “triple transition”: democratization, marketization, and a national transformation that has reconfigured the dynamic between state and nation. She shows how the interaction of these three transformational agendas has shaped Czechoslovakia’s development, ultimately culminating in the paradoxical disintegration of a state that most of its citizens wished to preserve.The book offers a valuable case study of a country coming back to Europe, but it also provides an opportunity for analyzing the influence of communism on what had been a significant interwar European state. The book’s strong comparative element will make it invaluable as well for those seeking to understand contemporary central and eastern Europe.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780813329222
  • Publisher: Westview Press
  • Publication date: 9/1/1996
  • Series: Nations of the Modern World Series
  • Edition description: REV
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 320
  • Lexile: 1500L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author


Carol Skalnik Leff is assistant professor of political science at the University of Illinois at Urbana–Champaign.
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Table of Contents

List of Tables and Maps
Acknowledgments
Chronology
Introduction to a Small Country at the Crossroads of Europe 1
1 Czechoslovakia's First Experiment with Democracy: The Interwar Republic, 1918-1938 19
2 Czechoslovakia Under Communism 46
3 The Velvet Revolution of 1989 and the Politics of Democratization 75
4 National Identity and the Disintegration of Czechoslovakia 126
5 Political and National Identity Transitions in the Czech and Slovak Republics 146
6 Economic Transition in the Czech and Slovak Republics 179
7 The Search for a New Security Order in International Relations 213
8 Domestic Reform and Integration with the West: The Triple Transition and International Relations 240
9 Conclusion 273
Selected Bibliography 281
About the Book and Author 283
Index 285
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