Czechoslovakia and the Czech Republic in World Politics
This book describes and analyzes the Czechoslovak and Czech positions in the international system during the course of the 20th century. The authors focus on the key periods and turning points in the role of the small Central European state in the international system as well as on the significant actors formulating Czechoslovak foreign policy from the inside and influencing it from the outside. The second part of the book is analytical and focuses on the key issues regarding the change of the position of Czechoslovakia and the Czech Republic after 1993 in world politics. It also tracks the formulation of Czech foreign policy priorities and strategies in today's globalized world after the end of bipolar confrontation.
- Hardback | 242 pages
- 157.48 x 231.14 x 22.86mm | 521.63g
- 16 Dec 2011
- Lexington Books
- Lanham, MD, United States
Table of contents
Introduction Chapter 1. Czech Statehood and the Birth of Czechoslovakia, Ladislav Cabada Chapter 2. The Czechoslovak Republic in the International Politics of the Interwar Period, Ladislav Cabada Chapter 3. From "Munich" to the Renewal of Czechoslovakia, Ladislav Cabada Chapter 4. Czechoslovakia in a Divided Europe: The Formation of Czechoslovak Foreign Policy after WWII and Relations with its Neighbours and Superpowers during the Cold War, Sarka Waisova Chapter 5. Regional Cooperation in Central Europe and Beyond: The Czech Republic as a Member of Regional Organisations, Sarka Waisova Chapter 6. The Czech Republic and Foreign Development Cooperation: from Donor to Recipient and Back, Sarka Waisova Chapter 7. The War on Terror and Dilemmas in Czech Foreign Policy: Atlanticism? Anti-Americanism? Europeanisation?, Sarka Waisova Chapter 8. Dissident Tradition in Czech Foreign Policy: Twenty Years After Still Matters, Sarka Waisova Chapter 9. The Czech Republic and the Humanitarian Challenges of International Politics: An Analysis of the Nature of Czech Foreign Policy, Sarka Waisova Conclusion
Political scientists Cabada and Waisova have authored a book that centers on forces, events, and issues long addressed by scholars: Austrian imperial rule over the Czechs up to WW I; the interwar period marked by growing political instability in then independent Czechoslovakia against the backdrop of fascism menacing Europe; Nazi Germany's absorption of the Czech lands and its domination of nominally independent Slovakia; Soviet hegemony in Eastern and Central Europe (including the reconstituted Czechoslovakia) from the end of WW II until the dissolution of the Soviet empire and the Soviet Union itself, marking the end of the Cold War; and the post-Cold War period to the present, with the Czechs and Slovaks split apart once again and their two sovereignties incorporated into the EU and NATO. This anguishing history has shaped Czech perspectives and actions in the international sphere. Czech foreign policy continues to evoke the principal lesson drawn from Jaroslav Ha^Dvsek's great novel The Good Soldier Schweik: be compliant, not overtly rebellious in the face of insurmountable external pressures and threats. The book will appeal mostly to specialists on Czech and central European affairs. Summing Up: Recommended. Graduate and professional collections. CHOICE Written by distinguished experts in the field, this book offers rich and correct information as well as a deep understanding of history and the contemporary position, priorities, and ways of Czechoslovak and Czech foreign policy since the birth of Czechoslovakia from the First World War to present times. Clear in the structure, comprehensive in the scope, accessible in the style and, detailed in analysis, this book is a must for any reader who would like to get solid knowledge and orientation not only in Czech foreign policy but also in the broader context of Central European international relations in the present and recent past. -- Vit Houek, Masaryk University, Czech Republic Cabada and Waisova create a great mixture of historical and chronologically arranged chapters and sections that are thematically organized. They provide a valuable and interesting contribution based on a unique Czech perspective and they remind us of the value of a single-country book. Cabada and Waisova skillfully navigate the terrain of showing their true colors and at the same time, providing a good model to follow for works anchored in non-globally-western, non-globally-northern perspectives. -- Melinda Kovacs, Sam Houston State University
About Sarka Waisova
Ladislav Cabada is associate professor at the Metropolitan University, Prague. Sarka Waisova is associate professor at the Metropolitan University, Prague.