Historical Dictionary of the Czech State

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Scarecrow Press, Nov 19, 2009 - History - 428 pages
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Czechoslovakia has been at the center of some of the most difficult_and tragic_episodes of modern European history: its sacrifice to Nazi Germany at Munich; the Communist Coup of 1948; and the military crushing of the Prague Spring. It has also enacted momentous change almost magically, as in the peaceful overthrow of communism in 1989, and then the negotiated end to the country in 1992. Czechoslovak history has consequently produced enduring political metaphors for our times, such as the Velvet Revolution and Velvet Divorce. The second edition of the Historical Dictionary of the Czech State has been thoroughly updated and greatly expanded. Featuring a chronology, introductory essay, appendix, bibliography, and hundreds of cross-referenced dictionary entries, this detailed, authoritative reference provides understandings of the Czechs as a people; the territory they inhabit; their social, cultural, political, and economic developments throughout history; and interactions with their neighbors and the wider world.
  

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Contents

Editors Foreword
vii
Acknowledgments
ix
Readers Notes
xi
Acronyms and Abbreviations
xiii
Maps
xvii
Chronology
xix
Introduction
lvii
The Dictionary
1
Czech Princes and Kings and Presidents and Prime Ministers of Czechoslovakia and the Czech Republic
295
Elections in the First Republic
301
Chamber of Deputies Lower House Election Results for Major Political Parties in the Czech Republic since 1992
303
Text of Charter 77
307
Bibliography
313
About the Authors
353
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About the author (2009)

Rick Fawn is senior lecturer in International Relations at the University of St Andrews and editor of Ideology and National Identity in Post-Communist Foreign Policies. He is the author of The Czech Republic: A Nation of Velvet. Jiri Hochman was a leading journalist in Czechoslovakia who now lives in the United States after having been forced to leave during the repressive aftermath of the Prague Spring reforms of 1968. Among his numerous publications is The Failure of Collective Security, 1934-1938, and he co-authored, with Alexander Dubcek, the autobiography of this leader of the Prague Spring, which has been translated into 16 languages.

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