The Czech Republic

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The Czech Republic is a beautiful, landlocked country at the heart of Europe. Although a separate entity only since it split from Slovakia in 1993, it sees itself as heir to both Masaryk's interwar Czechoslovakia, and the medieval Kingdom of Bohemia. The 'Velvet Revolution' in 1989 was followed by the 'velvet divorce' with Slovakia, and much of the credit for the republic's modern profile attaches to its president, the former dissident writer Václav Havel. The switch to capitalism and the free market was less ...

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Overview

The Czech Republic is a beautiful, landlocked country at the heart of Europe. Although a separate entity only since it split from Slovakia in 1993, it sees itself as heir to both Masaryk's interwar Czechoslovakia, and the medieval Kingdom of Bohemia. The 'Velvet Revolution' in 1989 was followed by the 'velvet divorce' with Slovakia, and much of the credit for the republic's modern profile attaches to its president, the former dissident writer Václav Havel. The switch to capitalism and the free market was less smooth than many expected, however, and the economy is now in turmoil. All aspects of the new republic are covered in this bibliography.

About the Authors:

Vladka Edmondson has compiled bibliographies, edited official publications on Anglo-Czech relations and contributed to biographies. She is an Associate of the Institute of Linguists and a Fellow of the Library Association; her Fellowship thesis was a historical bibliography. She is now a freelance editor and translator.

David Short, a graduate of Birmingham University, is Senior Lecturer in Czech and Slovak at the School of Slavonic and East European Studies, University of London. He writes widely on Czech language and literature and is the author of both a widely used language textbook and the Czechoslovakia volume in the present series.

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All aspects of the country are covered in selective, critical annotations of mostly English-language publications. In this revised edition, coverage of the Slovak half of the former Czechoslovakia is kept to a minimum. Most entries are new, as so much has been published on Czech affairs since 1989. Edmondson is an associate of the Institute of Linguists and a fellow of the Library Association. Short is senior lecturer in Czech at the School of Slavonic and East European Studies, University of London, UK. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781851093045
  • Publisher: ABC-CLIO, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 2/1/2000
  • Series: World Bibliographical Series
  • Edition description: REVISED
  • Pages: 458

Table of Contents

Preface xv
Introduction xix
The Country and Its People 1
Geography and Geology 8
General, physical and demographic 8
Regional 10
Maps and atlases 12
Tourism and Travel Guides 14
Central and Eastern Europe 14
Czech Republic 15
Tourist events 18
Prague and regions 18
Prague 18
Regions 21
Flora and Fauna 23
Flora 23
Fauna 25
Prehistory and Archaeology 27
Heraldry 30
History 32
General 32
Central and Eastern Europe 32
Czech Lands 34
Early mediaeval, mediaeval and early modern history 40
General 40
Reformation, Jan Hus, Hussitism 41
George of Podebrady 44
Anabaptism and the Czech Brethren 44
Habsburg period (16th century to 1918) 45
General 45
16th to 19th century 47
1900-18 52
Independence to Munich (1918-38) 54
General 54
Tomas Garrigue Masaryk (1850-1937) and the Masaryk family 56
Munich and the Second World War (1938-45) 60
The Munich crisis, Edvard Benes 60
Second World War and the Czech resistance abroad 62
Post-war period (1945- ) 65
General 65
Prague Spring and Soviet intervention in 1968 69
The Velvet Revolution of 1989 and the dissolution of Czechoslovakia 73
General 73
Vaclav Havel 75
Nationalities and Minorities 79
General and historical 79
The Roma (the gypsies) 81
The Jews 86
The Germans 89
Other nationalities and minorities 93
Extraterritorial Populations 94
Folklore and Folk Art 99
Religion and Theology 102
General 102
Non-Roman Catholic denominations and ideological groups 107
The issue of the ordination of women 108
Religious orders 109
Modern theologians 110
Miscellaneous 111
Religious symbolism 112
Social conditions, Women's Issues, Children's Issues, Health and Welfare 113
Social conditions 113
Women's issues 118
Children's issues 121
Health care 122
Education 125
General 125
Comenius 128
Statistics 132
Philosophy 136
Politics 137
Political history 137
The Communist era, 1948-89 141
Contemporary: post-1989 144
General 144
Separation of Czechs and Slovaks, 1 January 1993 144
Czech Republic, 1993- 146
International Relations 153
General 153
International security 159
Constitution and Law 161
Central and Eastern Europe 161
Czech Republic 164
Business law 165
Local government 166
Economy 168
Reference 168
Economic history 170
Post-1989 173
Central and Eastern Europe 173
Czech Republic 178
The tax system 184
Doing business 185
Miscellaneous 186
Periodicals 187
Banking and Finance 189
Central and Eastern Europe 189
Czech Republic 192
General 192
The Stock Exchange 195
Agriculture 197
Industry and Trade 200
General 200
Retailing and services 204
Industrial sectors 205
Transport 212
Science and Technology 216
Urbanization and Housing Policy 220
The Environment 225
Sport and Recreation 229
Language 235
General and historical 235
Dictionaries 236
General 236
Specialist 242
Grammars and textbooks 245
Miscellaneous 249
Literature 253
Central and Eastern European 253
Czech 255
History and criticism 255
Translations and criticism of the works of individual writers 264
Anthologies 277
Emigre literature 281
Literature of other nationalities 289
German 289
General 289
Franz Kafka 290
Other 296
The Arts 298
General 298
Visual arts 300
Applied arts 305
Theatre 308
Film 309
Architecture 313
Music 321
General 321
Bedrich Smetana 324
Antonin Dvorak 325
Leos Janacek 328
Bohuslav Martinu 333
Food and Drink 336
The Media and Publishing 338
Newspapers and Periodicals 341
Czech-language newspapers and periodicals 341
English-language newspapers and periodicals 342
Scholarly journals 344
Business periodicals 346
Archives, Libraries, Museums and Galleries 348
Archives and libraries 348
Museums and galleries 351
Bibliographies 355
Index of Authors 361
Index of Titles 375
Index of Subjects 403
Map of the Czech Republic 431
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