The Czech and Slovak Republics

The Czech and Slovak Republics

by M. Mark Stolarik


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The essays in the book compare the Czech Republic and Slovakia since the breakup of Czechoslovakia in 1993. The papers deal with the causes of the divorce and discuss the political, economic and social developments in the new countries. This is the only English-language volume that presents the synoptic findings of leading Czech, Slovak, and North American scholars in the field.The authors include two former Prime Ministers of the Czech Republic and Slovakia, eight leading scholars (four Czechs and four Slovaks), and eight knowledgeable commentators from North America. The most significant new insight is that in spite of predictions by various pundits in the Western World that Czechia would flourish after the breakup and Slovakia would languish, the opposite has happened. While the Czech Republic did well in its early years, it is now languishing while Slovakia, which had a rough start, is now doing very well. Anyone interested in the history of the Czech and Slovak Republics over the last twenty years will find gratification in reading this book.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9789633861530
Publisher: Central European University Press
Publication date: 12/01/2016
Pages: 376
Product dimensions: 6.30(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.10(d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments ix

Abbreviations xi

Introduction M. Mark Stolarik 1

Part I The Dissolution of Czechoslovakia

Chapter 1 The "Velvet Split" of Czechoslovakia (1989-1992) Jan Rychlik 23

Chapter 2 Czechoslovakia's Dissolution Twenty Years After Michael Kraus 47

Chapter 3 The Dissolution of Czechoslovakia. The Slovak Perspective Jozef Zatkuliak Adam Hudek 55

Chapter 4 The Dissolution of Czechoslovakia: The Slovak Perspective Stanislav J. Kirschbaum 79

Chapter 5 The Slovak Republic After Twenty Years Jozef Moravcik 85

Chapter 6 The Czech Republic After Twenty Years: Gains and Losses Petr Pithart 95

Part II Political Developments After 1993

Chapter 7 Of People, Mice and Gorillas: Slovak Politics Twenty Years After Juraj Hocman 105

Chapter 8 Thinking Big About a Small Country: On Juraj Hocman's "Of People, Mice and Gorillas" Kevin Deegan-Krause 129

Chapter 9 Letting Czechoslovakia Go: Czech Political Developments Since 1993 Adéla Gjuricová 143

Chapter 10 Czech Political Developments Since 1993: Some Comments Carol Skainik Leff 155

Part III Economic Developments After 1993

Chapter 11 Economic Developments in Slovakia Since 1993 L'udovít Hallon Miroslav Londák Adam Hudek 177

Chapter 12 To Neoliberalism and Back? Twenty Years of Economic Policy in Slovakia John A. Gould 197

Chapter 13 Economic Developments in the Czech Republic, 1993-2013 Martin Pospísil 211

Chapter 14 The Czech Economic Transition: From Leader to Laggard Sharon Fisher 237

Part IV Social Developments After 1993

Chapter 15 Reflections on Social Developments in Slovakia, 1993-2013 Martin Bútora Zora Bútorová 247

Chapter 16 Social Developments in Slovakia after Twenty Years: The Impact of Politics Sharon L. Wolchik 281

Chapter 17 Social Developments in the Czech Republic Since 1993 Oldrich Tuma 289

Chapter 18 Some Comments on "Social Developments in the Czech Republic" James W. Peterson 311

Contributors 321

Bibliography 325

Index 347

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