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Rick Fawn's Czech Republic: A Nation of Velvet (Postcommunist States and PDF

By Rick Fawn

ISBN-10: 0203643542

ISBN-13: 9780203643549

ISBN-10: 0203683382

ISBN-13: 9780203683385

ISBN-10: 9058230430

ISBN-13: 9789058230430

Czechoslovakia has captured the nation's mind's eye through the 20th century. The Allied betrayal of the rustic to Nazi Germany in 1938 was once to illustrate the appalling results of naive appeasement of aggression. The wholesale reform of Soviet communism within the Prague Spring of 1968 gained western help, and sympathy while it used to be beaten by way of Warsaw Pact tanks. The fierce communist regime thereafter used to be introduced down nearly magically in 1989. Czechoslovakia further to the overseas political vocabulary the time period, 'Velvet Revolution', and the velvet metaphor has characterized a lot of the country's path-breaking postcommunist transformation and its peaceable break-up in 1993.In separate chapters on heritage, politics, economics, international kin and the hot Czech identification, this ebook not just applauds the successes of the Czech Republic on account that 1993, but additionally uncovers the frayed edges of the velvet country.

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26; and A. , ‘Österreichs Volkseinkommen 1913–1963’, in Monatsberichte des österreichen Institut für Wirtschaftsforschung (Vienna, 1965), p. 31, cited in Jaroslav Krejčí and Pavel Machonin, Czechoslovakia, 1918–92: A Laboratory for Social Change (London: Macmillan, 1996), p. 57. 7 Václav Klaus and Tomáš Ježek, ‘Social Criticism, False Liberalism, and Recent Changes in Czechoslovakia’, East European Politics and Societies (Vol. 5, No. 1, Winter 1991), p. 27. 8 Teichova, Czechoslovak Economy, p. 15.

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People both within and outside the Party were forced to give written denunciations of friends and colleagues who had participated in the Prague Spring or refused themselves to engage in denunciation. A few individuals, such as Havel, opted not to accept this collective act of falsification and became isolated and persecuted dissidents. The regime reimposed strict control over the media, and those who refused to conform to the dictates of the regime met with police surveillance, telephone tapping, coercion and prison sentences.

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