The History of the Czech Republic and Slovakia

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ABC-CLIO, 2011 - Czech Republic - 287 pages
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This survey of Czech and Slovak history traces the development of two neighboring peoples through the creation of a common Czechoslovakian state in 1918 to the founding of the independent Czech and Slovak Republics in 1993 and beyond.
The History of the Czech Republic and Slovakia charts historical developments in the two nations to the opening decade of the 21st century. The book begins with an overview of the geography, climate, people, economy, and government of both the Czech and Slovak republics. Subsequent chapters offer a chronologically organized survey of historical events, trends, ideas, and people.

Starting with the early Slavic settlements around the 5th century AD, the book explores Czech and Slovak history through the Middle Ages, the Renaissance and Early Modern eras, the Enlightenment, and the age of nationalism and revolution. Chapters on the 20th century include discussion of the World Wars, the interwar Czechoslovak state, the Communist decades, the Prague Spring, and the Velvet Revolution of 1989. The story is brought up to date with insights into developments in the independent Czech and Slovak republics since 1993.

  • Brief biographical sketches of many noteworthy Czechs and Slovaks through the ages
  • A chronology of key events in Czech and Slovak history from prehistory to the present day
  • A bibliographical essay on significant general works and historical monographs regarding Czech and Slovak history


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Chapter 1 The Czech Republic and Slovakia Today
Chapter 2 Origins and Medieval Legacies
Chapter 3 The Late Middle Ages
Chapter 4 Religious Controversies and Military Conflicts 1400s1700s
Reform Revolution and National Awakening 17401914
Chapter 6 World War I and the First Czechoslovak Republic 19141938
Chapter 7 The Munich Agreement and World War II 19381945
Chapter 8 The Postwar Era and the Communist Regime 19451989
Chapter 9 The Velvet Revolution the Velvet Divorce and the Two Republics 19892009
Notable People in the History of the Czech Republic and Slovakia

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William M. Mahoney, PhD, is associate professor and chair of the Department of History and International Studies at West Virginia Wesleyan College in Buckhannon. WV.

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