Irreconcilable Differences?: Explaining Czechoslovakia's Dissolution / Edition 1 by Michael Kraus | 9780847690213 | Paperback | Barnes & Noble
Irreconcilable Differences?: Explaining Czechoslovakia's Dissolution / Edition 1

Irreconcilable Differences?: Explaining Czechoslovakia's Dissolution / Edition 1

by Michael Kraus
     
 

ISBN-10: 0847690210

ISBN-13: 9780847690213

Pub. Date: 07/28/2000

Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.

This unique volume brings together a multi-disciplinary group of scholars as well as Czech and Slovak decision makers who were personally involved in the events leading up to the separation of Czechoslovakia. Asking whether the dissolution was inevitable, the contributors bring a range of different approaches and perspectives to bear on the twin problems of democratic

Overview

This unique volume brings together a multi-disciplinary group of scholars as well as Czech and Slovak decision makers who were personally involved in the events leading up to the separation of Czechoslovakia. Asking whether the dissolution was inevitable, the contributors bring a range of different approaches and perspectives to bear on the twin problems of democratic transitions in multinational societies and ethnic separatism and its origins. The volume systematically explores such factors as the legacies of communism, the role of political elites, international influences, constitutional deadlock, regional economic disparities, the absence of unifying political parties, and the role of the mass media. The blend of analysis and insider experiences will make this book invaluable for all concerned with nationalism and ethnicity, democratization, and transitions in Eastern Europe.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780847690213
Publisher:
Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
Publication date:
07/28/2000
Pages:
368
Product dimensions:
5.86(w) x 8.94(h) x 0.81(d)

Table of Contents

  • Foreword
    Václav Havel
  • Past as a Prologue
    Michael Kraus and Allison Stanger
  • Contending Views of Czechoslovakia's Demise

    Part I: Legacies of the Past
  • Inevitability, Probability, Possibility: The Legacies of the Czech-Slovak Relationship, 1918-1989, and the Disintegration of the State
    Carol Skalnik Leff
  • The Possibilities for Czech-Slovak Compromise, 1989-1992
    Jan Rychlík

    Part II: Institutional Challenges and Constitutional Controversies
  • From "Velvet Revolution" to "Velvet Split": Consociational Institutions and the Disintegration of Czechoslovakia
    Petr Kopeckÿ
  • The Impact of Institutional Factors on the Breakup of the Czechoslovak Federation
    Sharon Wolchik
  • Electoral Rules and the Fate of Nations: Czechoslovakia's Last Parliamentary Elections
    Franti ek Turnovec
  • The Price of Velvet: Constitutional Politics and the Demise of the Czechoslovak Federation
    Allison Stanger

    Part III: Media, Economic, and International Factors
  • Failing Democracy: Journalists, the Mass Media, and the Dissolution of Czechoslovakia
    Owen V. Johnson
  • Explaining Czechoslovakia's Dissolution: Assesing Economic performance Before and After the Breakup
    Jan Svejnar
  • The End of Czechslovakia: International Forces and Factors
    Michael Kraus

    Part IV: The View from the Ground: Czech and Slovak Perspectives
  • A Retrospective Look at the Dissolution of Czechoslovakia
    Ján Carnogurskÿ
  • The Division/Dissolution of Czechoslovakia: Old Sins and New Forms of Selfishness
    Petr Pithart
  • A Comment on Carnogurskÿ and Pithart
    Daniel Kroupa
  • Fragments from the Dividing of Czechoslovakia
    Miroslav Macek
  • Domestic and International Aspects of the Czechoslovak State's Crisis and End
    Milan Zemko
  • Czechoslovakia After 1989: The Reasons for the Division
    Peter Zajac
  • Notes on the Role of Television in Czechoslovakia's Dissolution
    Martin Vadas

    Part V: Czechoslovakia's Dissolution in Comparative Perspective
  • On Ethnic Conflicts and their Resolution
    Stanley Hoffmann
  • Lessons from the Breakup of Czechoslovakia
    Michael Kraus and Allison Stanger
  • Appendix: Narrative Chronology of the Czech-Slovak Conflict, 1990-1992

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