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Title:
Czechoslovakia
Author:
Dowling, Maria, 1955-
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Publication Information:
London : Arnold ; New York : Co-published in the United States of America by Oxford University Press, 2002.
Physical Description:
xix, 184 pages : maps ; 22 cm.
Language:
English
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ISBN:
9780340763681

9780340763698
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Book

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Summary

This is an engaging and straightforward history of a country whose birth and death were nearly coincident with those of the twentieth century itself. Czechoslovakia has often had an exceptional place in European and world history, yet the 'whole' story, beyond the notorious episodes of 1938,1948, and 1968, and the happier one of 1989, is not always well known. As the first history of the country throughout the full term of its existence, Czechoslovakia will claim the interest of all those interested in central and eastern European history.


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Located at the heart of Europe between east and west, Czechoslovakia was the pivot of twentieth-century European history. Created in 1918 out of the ruins of an empire, it remained a beacon of democracy in a continent darkened by fascism and communism. But unable to resist the machinations of greater powers, it succumbed to Nazi invasion and partition on the eve of World War II. After that conflict it underwent a communist dictatorship, which was lightened only briefly by the Prague Spring of 1968. Finally, the Czechoslovaks reclaimed liberty and democracy in the Velvet Revolution of 1989. L Maria Dowling's history of Czechoslovakia engages with themes of perennial interest--nationalism, democracy, and authoritarian rule--and as well as guiding the reader through the particularly rich and varied experiences of Czechoslovakia, illuminates the nature of government, power, and culture in twentieth-century Europe.


Author Notes

Maria Dowling, Senior Lecturer, St Mary's College, Strawberry Hill.


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