Czechoslovakia

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Located at the heart of Europe between east and west, Czechoslovakia was, in many ways, the epicenter of twentieth-century European history. This extensive guide begins with the country’s formation in 1918 from the ruins of an empire. It remained a beacon of democracy until the Nazi invasion and fell under communist rule until the Czechoslovakian "Velvet Revolution" of 1989. L Maria Dowling's history of Czechoslovakia features themes of government: nationalism, democracy, and authoritarian rule and guides the ...

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Overview

Located at the heart of Europe between east and west, Czechoslovakia was, in many ways, the epicenter of twentieth-century European history. This extensive guide begins with the country’s formation in 1918 from the ruins of an empire. It remained a beacon of democracy until the Nazi invasion and fell under communist rule until the Czechoslovakian "Velvet Revolution" of 1989. L Maria Dowling's history of Czechoslovakia features themes of government: nationalism, democracy, and authoritarian rule and guides the reader through the particularly rich and varied experiences of Czechoslovakian power and culture in twentieth-century Europe including the burst of popular democracy during the "Prague Spring of 1968".

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"The greatest strength of Dowling's survey is the inclusion of cultural history within the political narrative."—Australian History Yearbook
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780340763698
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury Academic
  • Publication date: 5/3/2002
  • Series: Brief Histories Series
  • Pages: 208
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.47 (d)

Meet the Author

Maria Dowling is Senior Lecturer at St Mary's University College, UK

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Table of Contents

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Preface
Introduction: Czechs and Slovaks in Austria-Hungary
1 1918: The World War and the Making of a State 1
2 The First Czechoslovak Republic, 1918-1938 19
3 1938: Foreign Policy and the Munich Agreement 39
4 World War II: Resistance, Propaganda and National Survival 58
5 1948: Communist Coup and Stalinist Rule 80
6 1968: Prague Spring and the Soviet Invasion 103
7 Normalisation and Dissent: 1968-1988 121
8 1989: The Velvet Revolution 141
Epilogue: 1992: The Velvet Divorce 160
Suggestions for Further Reading 168
Index 175
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