Historical Dictionary of Slovakia

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The emergence of Slovakia as a new independent state reflects one of the challenges of post-Communism: the application of national self-determinism in Central and Eastern Europe. In the wake of the "Velvet Revolution" which saw the peaceful overthrow of its Communist regime, Czechoslovakia experienced the "Velvet Divorce" which brought about the creation of two new states, the Czech Republic and the Slovak Republic. Despite the difficulties of economic and political transformation, the weight of historical ...
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Overview

The emergence of Slovakia as a new independent state reflects one of the challenges of post-Communism: the application of national self-determinism in Central and Eastern Europe. In the wake of the "Velvet Revolution" which saw the peaceful overthrow of its Communist regime, Czechoslovakia experienced the "Velvet Divorce" which brought about the creation of two new states, the Czech Republic and the Slovak Republic. Despite the difficulties of economic and political transformation, the weight of historical experience, and the experience of the political elite under a Communist regime, the Slovak Republic has been a model of peaceful transition from communist politics and economics to liberal democracy and a market economy. The state officially came into existence in 1993. Nevertheless, the "Historical Dictionary of Slovakia" takes a broad view of the country's history and development, including the formation of previous states in which the Slovak nation found itself, be they tribal entities, the Hungarian kingdom, or more recently Czechoslovakia. The book includes ample coverage of Slovakia's economic and political life, as well as individuals who figured prominently in its history and those who play an important role today in its cultural, economic, social, and political development. A brief historical introduction, a chronology of important events, and a series of five maps from the Great Moravian Empire in the ninth century to the current Slovak Republic make sense of the ethnic and political evolution of this nation and its role in Central Europe. An extensive bibliography of works in Western languages and various appendixes direct the reader to further useful sources ofinformation.

Author Biography: Stanislav J. Kirschbaum (Ph.D, UniversitD'e de Paris) is Professor of Political Science and International Studies at York University in Canada. He was born in Bratislava, Slovakia, the largest city in the Slovak Republic. He is a specialist on the politics of Central Europe, particularly communist Czechoslovakia. He has also published "A History of Slovakia: The Struggle for Survival" with St. Martin's Press.

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Considers not just the official eastern European state that came into existence in 1993, but the history and development of the region and people through the previous states that incorporated them, including tribal entities, the Hungarian kingdom, and Czechoslovakia. Kirschbaum (political science and international studies, York U., Canada) supports the articles on people, places, events, trends, institutions, and so on, with a brief historical introduction, a chronology, and maps ranging from the ninth century to the present. Well cross- referenced. No index. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.
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The dissolution of Czechoslovakia on November 25, 1992 (the 'Gentle Divorce') gave birth to the Second Republic of Slovakia on January 1, 1993. Until then, except for the six-year period, 1939-45, of the First Republic of Slovakia, the Slovaks had been part of other nations–Moravia, Hungary, and twice Czechoslovakia. Thus, with independence, the Slovaks were able to fulfill a deep sense of self-identity. Kirschbaum has written all three editions of this title (2nd ed., 2007; 1st ed., CH, Jun'99, 36-5420), using the same format of chronology, introduction, dictionary, and bibliography. In this volume, the chronology is updated to June 29, 2013. The 1,000-plus expanded dictionary entries on people, places, things, and events are broad in scope and complement the introduction. Throughout, the author discusses the challenges Slovakia has met since independence. The bibliography is extensive and divided into sections titled 'General,' 'Culture,' 'Economics,' 'History,' and 'Society.'. . . . .Summing Up: Recommended. Lower-level undergraduates through researchers/faculty; general readers.
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This is an update to the 2007 Historical Dictionary of Slovakia by the same author. The book includes a very detailed chronology of Slovak history from 179 C.E.-January 2013 followed by a substantial historical overview that includes information on the development of Slovakia politically and economically since 1993. Entries include people, places, concepts, key events, organizations and political parties, and even important periodical publications. January 2013 marked two decades of democratic government within the country, the longest period of democracy in the country’s history. An appendix contains a list of all of the rulers of the Slovak lands, from 623 C.E.-2013. The book also contains an extensive bibliographic essay of works on Slovak history in English, Slovak and several other languages, as well as helpful Websites for archives, libraries, and Slovak ministries. Overall, this is an important update that most large university libraries will want to acquire.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780810835061
  • Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
  • Publication date: 10/28/1998
  • Series: European Historical Dictionaries Series
  • Edition number: 320
  • Pages: 304
  • Product dimensions: 8.50 (w) x 5.80 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

Stanislav J. Kirschbaum is professor and chairman of the Department of International Studies at York University’s bilingual Glendon College in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. In addition to his appointment at York University, he has taught at Queen's University in Kingston, Ontario, and has held visiting professorships at Université Laval in Quebec City, Université de Montréal and Trnavská univerzita in Trnava, Slovakia. He is a specialist in Central European politics, in particular security issues dealing with the region, and on the politics of Communist Czechoslovakia and Slovakia in the modern era, on which he has published extensively.
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