New PDF release: Czech Republic: A Nation of Velvet (Postcommunist States and

By Rick Fawn

ISBN-10: 0203643542

ISBN-13: 9780203643549

ISBN-10: 0203683382

ISBN-13: 9780203683385

ISBN-10: 9058230430

ISBN-13: 9789058230430

Czechoslovakia has captured the nation's mind's eye through the 20th century. The Allied betrayal of the rustic to Nazi Germany in 1938 was once to illustrate the appalling results of naive appeasement of aggression. The wholesale reform of Soviet communism within the Prague Spring of 1968 received western aid, and sympathy while it used to be overwhelmed via Warsaw Pact tanks. The fierce communist regime thereafter was once introduced down nearly magically in 1989. Czechoslovakia extra to the foreign political vocabulary the time period, 'Velvet Revolution', and the velvet metaphor has characterized a lot of the country's path-breaking postcommunist transformation and its peaceable break-up in 1993.In separate chapters on heritage, politics, economics, international family and the hot Czech id, this e-book not just applauds the successes of the Czech Republic due to the fact that 1993, but additionally uncovers the frayed edges of the velvet state.

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New PDF release: Czech Republic: A Nation of Velvet (Postcommunist States and

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The heavy industry bequeathed by communism to Slovakia and employing much of its population now became a burdensome legacy in a market environment. Slovakia’s communist-era arms industry, relying on the export of tanks and aircraft to undemocratic former socialist countries and the developing world, was a liability to Prague’s moral foreign policy. The economic reforms gave greater impetus for decentralization of the federation as Slovak leaders sought thereby to regulate the rate and impact of the transition.

In April 1990, after acrimony, the country’s THE LEGACIES OF HISTORY 29 name was changed to ‘the Czech and Slovak Federative Republic’ to signal the existence of two separate peoples. Not only names were changed but new legislation was also introduced: on 12 December 1990 the Federal Parliament devolved power to the two republics. Proposals were agreed among political parties thereafter to make a new constitution that recast Czechoslovakia as consisting of two republics in a voluntary federation.

The latter was simply representational by direct election throughout the country, but the former was constituted on the basis of 75 MPs elected separately from each of the two republics. These substantial governmental changes could be construed as a deliberate and genuine effort to recognize and enshrine Slovak national interests in the political policy process. Routine legislation required a simple majority in each House, but major bills, including constitutional amendments, required a three-fifths majority of all those elected, not just those present.

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