Historical Dictionary of Slovakiaby Stanislav J. Kirschbaum
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.
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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