Historical Dictionary of Slovakia

Historical Dictionary of Slovakia

by Stanislav J. Kirschbaum
     
 

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On the stroke of midnight on 1 January 2013, the inhabitants of Slovakia celebrated a major milestone in their history: two decades of democratic government and personal freedom. This is so far the longest period of such rule in their history. This anniversary surpasses by a few months their only previous, generation-long, experience, namely in the First Czecho

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On the stroke of midnight on 1 January 2013, the inhabitants of Slovakia celebrated a major milestone in their history: two decades of democratic government and personal freedom. This is so far the longest period of such rule in their history. This anniversary surpasses by a few months their only previous, generation-long, experience, namely in the First Czecho-Slovak Republic (1918-1938). The difference, of course, is that the Slovaks no longer share a state with another nation but run their own affairs. Slovakia is now an accepted and recognized member in the family of nations whose athletes, artists, and other notable personalities are acknowledged around the world. It is a member of international organization's and multilateral institutions and participates in efforts to maintain peace and enhance prosperity around the world.

The third edition of Historical Dictionary of Slovakia provides a thorough update of the many accomplishments that Slovakia has achieved. This is done through a chronology, an introductory essay, and an extensive bibliography. The cross-referenced dictionary section has over 1000 entries on significant persons, places and events, political parties and institutions, literature, music and the arts. This book is an excellent resource for students, researchers, and anyone wanting to know more about Slovakia.

Editorial Reviews

CHOICE
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.
American Reference Books Annual
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.
Booknews
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.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780810880290
Publisher:
Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
Publication date:
12/17/2013
Series:
Historical Dictionaries of Europe Series
Edition description:
Third Edition
Pages:
488
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.50(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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