History of Slovakia: The Struggle for Survival / Edition 2

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Overview

This classic book offers the most comprehensive and up-to-date history of Slovakia, from its establishment on the Danubian Plain to the present. While paying tribute to Slovakia's resilience and struggle for survival, it describes contributions to European civilization in the Middle Ages; the development of Slovak consciousness in response to Magyarization; its struggle for autonomy in Czechoslovakia after the Treaty of Versailles; its resistance, as the first Slovak Republic, to a Nazi-controlled Europe; its reaction to Communism; and the path that led to the creation of the second Slovak Republic. Now fully updated to the present day, the book examines the vagaries of Slovak post-Communist politics that led to Slovakia's membership in NATO and the European Union.

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Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
"Kirschbaum has given the Western world the first popular history of Slovakia...This is a rich historical work, diligently researched and compellingly written. An important contribution to the literature on Eastern and Central Europe...." - Library Journal

"A History of Slovakia is a masterpiece of historical narrative with a clear-stated and well-structured argument. It is free from ideological or political bias, and able to fill a painful gap in the modern English-speaking historiography."

—Emilia Hrabovec, University of Vienna

"A History of Slovakia is the most accessible English source of comprehensive information on Slovakia's past. It is stimulating and well suited for readers interested in this fascinating country and for university courses."

— Martin Votruba, Director, Slovak Studies Program, University of Pittsburgh

Booknews
Kirschbaum (political science, York U.) describes the history of the Slovak nation from its arrival on the Danubian Plain to its declaration of independence in 1993. He examines contributions to European civilization in the Middle Ages, the struggle for autonomy in the Czech-dominated Czechoslovakia, and Slovakia's reaction to the Communist regime in the second half of the 20th century. He also addresses the future of Slovakia and the events that led to independence after the fall of communism. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781403969293
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Press
  • Publication date: 5/6/2005
  • Edition description: Second Edition
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 416
  • Sales rank: 439,074
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.20 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Stanislav J. Kirschbaum is Professor of International Studies at York University, Glendon College, author of Historical Dictionary of Slovakia, and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada. He lives in Toronto.

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Table of Contents

Introduction

• The Land and Its People

• The First State

• The Middle Ages

• The Habsburg Empire

• The National Awakening

• The Politics of Survival

• The Struggle for Nationhood

• The First Czechoslovak Republic 1918*38

• The Slovak Republic 1939*45

• The Uprising of 1944

• Communism and Federalism

• Democracy and Independence

• The Return to Europe

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"Kirschbaum has given the Western world the first popular history of Slovakia...This is a rich historical work, diligently researched and compellingly written. An important contribution to the literature on Eastern and Central Europe...." - Library Journal

"A History of Slovakia is a masterpiece of historical narrative with a clear-stated and well-structured argument. It is free from ideological or political bias, and able to fill a painful gap in the modern English-speaking historiography."
--Emilia Hrabovec, University of Vienna

"A History of Slovakia is the most accessible English source of comprehensive information on Slovakia's past. It is stimulating and well suited for readers interested in this fascinating country and for university courses."
-- Martin Votruba, Director, Slovak Studies Program, University of Pittsburgh
Read More Show Less

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