Slovakia in History

Slovakia in History

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Until the dissolution of Czechoslovakia, Slovakia's identity seemed inextricably linked with that of the former state. This book explores the key moments and themes in the history of Slovakia from the Duchy of Nitra's ninth-century origins to the establishment of independent Slovakia at midnight 1992-3. Leading scholars chart the gradual ethnic awakening of the Slovaks during the Reformation and Counter-Reformation and examine how Slovak national identity took shape with the codification of standard literary Slovak in 1843 and the subsequent development of the Slovak national movement. They show how, after a thousand years of Magyar-Slovak coexistence, Slovakia became part of the new Czechoslovak state from 1918-39, and shed new light on its role as a Nazi client state as well as on the postwar developments leading up to full statehood in the aftermath of the collapse of communism in 1989. There is no comparable book in English on the subject.
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  • Electronic book text | 424 pages
  • Cambridge University Press (Virtual Publishing)
  • Cambridge, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 19 b/w illus. 5 maps
  • 9781139180641

Table of contents

1. Slovakia, the Slovaks and their history Dusan Kovac; 2. The Duchy of Nitra Jan Steinhubel; 3. The beginnings of the nobility in Slovakia Jan Lukacka; 4. Medieval towns Vladimir Seges; 5. Renaissance and humanist tendencies in Slovakia Eva Frimmova; 6. The period of religious disturbances in Slovakia Viliam Cicaj; 7. The Enlightenment and the beginnings of the modern Slovak nation Eva Kowalska; 8. Slovak Slavism and Pan-Slavism Ludovit Haraksim; 9. The Slovak political programme: from Hungarian patriotism to the Czecho-Slovak state Dusan Kovac; 10. Slovakia in Czechoslovakia (1918-38) Natalia Krajcovicova; 11. Slovakia from the Munich conference to the declaration of independence Valerian Bystricky; 12. The Slovak state, 1939-45 Ivan Kamenec; 13. The Slovak question and the resistance movement during the Second World War Jan Rychlik; 14. The Slovak National Uprising: the most dramatic moment in the nation's history Vilem Precan; 15. The Slovak question, 1945-8 Michal Barnovsky; 16. Czechoslovakism in Slovak history Elisabeth Bakke; 17. The Magyar minority in Slovakia before and after the Second World War Stefan Sutaj; 18. The establishment of totalitarianism in Slovakia after the February coup of 1948 and the culmination of mass persecution, 1948-53 Jan Pesek; 19. Slovakia and the attempt to reform socialism in Czechoslovakia, 1963-9 Stanislav Sikora; 20. Slovakia's position within the Czecho-Slovak federation, 1968-70 Jozef Zatkuliak; 21. Slovakia under communism, 1948-89: controversial developments in the economy, society and culture Miroslav Londak and Elena Londakova; 22. The fall of communism and the establishment of an independent Slovakia Michal Stefansky; 23. Afterword: Slovakia in history Mikulas Teich.
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'Slovakia is a small country, only recently independent. But it is larger, and its history far longer and richer, than might be assumed. For centuries its inhabitants shared in the destinies of the Kingdom of Hungary; then for decades they formed an organic part of the modern state of Czechoslovakia. Here for the first time is a full and satisfactory treatment of that past in English. Authored mainly by Slovaks, it transcends the myopia and prejudice which have often disfigured the historiography of the subject and it incorporates many fresh research findings.' Robert Evans, Regius Professor of History, Oxford University 'This useful collection of essays presents the history of Slovakia and the Slovaks from the Middle Ages to the present and brings the results of research by Slovak historians of the post-Communist era to an international readership. It will be required reading for anyone interested in the history of East-Central Europe.' Richard Evans, Regius Professor of History, University of Cambridge 'The work is invaluable as the reference book on the topic, as it is full of well-researched detail.' Zuzana Slobodova, British Czech and Slovak Review
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About Mikulas Teich

MIKULAS TEICH is Emeritus Fellow of Robinson College, Cambridge and Honorary Professor, Vienna University of Technology (Technische Universitat Wien). His publications include work on the history of chemistry, biomedical sciences and biotechnology; social, economic and national aspects of scientific and technical developments; and Slavica. dUSAN KOVAC is Vice-President of the Slovak Academy of Sciences and President of the Slovak National Committee of Historians. His previous publications include include Dejiny Slovenska (History of Slovakia, 1998). Martin D. Brown is Assistant Professor of International History at Richmond, the American International University in London. His previous publications include Dealing with Democrats: The British Foreign Office's Relations with the Czechoslovak Emigres in Great Britain, 1939-1945 (2006).
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