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The Czech and Slovak Republics

Twenty Years of Independence, 1993-2013

Compiled and edited by M. Mark Stolarik

M. Mark Stolarik is Professor of History and holds the Chair in Slovak History and Culture at the University of Ottawa.

The essays in the book compare the Czech Republic and Slovakia since the breakup of Czechoslovakia in 1993. The papers deal with the causes of the divorce and discuss the political, economic and social developments in the new countries. This is the only English-language volume that presents the synoptic findings of leading Czech, Slovak, and North American scholars in the field.

The authors include two former Prime Ministers of the Czech Republic and Slovakia, eight leading scholars (four Czechs and four Slovaks), and eight knowledgeable commentators from North America. The most significant new insight is that in spite of predictions by various pundits in the Western World that Czechia would flourish after the breakup and Slovakia would languish, the opposite has happened. While the Czech Republic did well in its early years, it is now languishing while Slovakia, which had a rough start, is now doing very well. Anyone interested in the history of the Czech and Slovak Republics over the last twenty years will find gratification in reading this book.

“This volume reveals the many unresolved issues about the breakup of Czechoslovakia as well as the subsequent development of the two republics. It is an important contribution to the study of the Czech and Slovak recent past that contributes to the debates about the Velvet Divorce. The contributors to Stolarik’s volume are noted scholars, in three different fields, from Slovakia, the Czech Republic, and elsewhere, along with participants in the decision to divide Czechoslovakia in 1993. Their analyses of the events are both refreshing and thought provoking.”--Daniel E. Miller, University of West Florida

The Table of Contents and the Introduction are available online.

378 pages, 2016

978-963-386-153-0 cloth $60.00 / €52.00 / £40.00

 

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