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A history of Slovakia : the struggle for survival

Author: Stanislav J Kirschbaum
Publisher: New York : St. Martin's Press, 1995.
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Slovakia's declaration of independence in January 1993 marked the reemergence of a state about which remarkably little is known. Slovakia has struggled throughout most of its history to establish a separate identity, from the time of the Great Moravian Empire in which St. Cyril and St. Methodius initiated the Christianization of the Slavs, to its rule first by the Hungarians and then by the Czechs. When the first  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Stanislav J Kirschbaum
ISBN: 0312104030 9780312104030
OCLC Number: 30783512
Description: xvi, 350 p. : maps ; 22 cm.
Contents: 1. The Land and Its People 11 --
2. The First State 23 --
3. The Middle Ages 39 --
4. The Habsburg Empire 61 --
5. The National Awakening 89 --
6. The Politics of Survival 107 --
7. The Struggle for Nationhood 125 --
8. The First Czechoslovak Republic 1918-1938 155 --
9. The Slovak Republic 1939-1945 185 --
10. The Uprising of 1944 205 --
11. Communism and Federalism 225 --
12. Democracy and Independence 251.
Responsibility: Stanislav J. Kirschbaum.
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Slovakia's declaration of independence in January 1993 marked the reemergence of a state about which remarkably little is known. Slovakia has struggled throughout most of its history to establish a separate identity, from the time of the Great Moravian Empire in which St. Cyril and St. Methodius initiated the Christianization of the Slavs, to its rule first by the Hungarians and then by the Czechs. When the first Slovak Republic emerged in 1939, Europe was on the brink of war, a fact that has colored the world's attitude to her aspirations for statehood thereafter. Professor Kirschbaum describes the history of the Slovak nation from its arrival on the Danubian Plain and the valleys of the Tatra Mountains to its declaration of independence in 1993. The topics he examines include: the Slovak nation's contributions to European civilization in the Middle Ages; the development of a specifically Slovak consciousness in the nineteenth century in response to Budapest's policy of Magyarization; its struggle for autonomy in the Czech-dominated Czechoslovakia created by the Treaty of Versailles; its efforts, as the Slovak Republic, to face the problems of a Nazi-controlled Europe; and its reaction to the Communist regime in the second half of the twentieth century. The final chapter examines the debate about the future of Slovakia and the events that led to its independence after the fall of Communism in Central Europe.

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