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Dušan Kováč, Ján Steinhübel, Ján Lukačka, Vladimír Segeš, Eva Frimmová, Viliam Čičaj, Eva Kowalská, Ľudovít Haraksim, Natália Krajčovičová, Valerián Bystrický, Ivan Kamenec, Jan Rychlík, Vilém Prečan, Michal Barnovský, Elisabeth Bakke, Štefan Šutaj, Jan Pešek, Stanislav Sikora, Jozef Žatkuliak, Miroslav Londák, Elena Londáková, Michal Štefanský, Mikuláš Teich
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  • Date Published: August 2013
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9781107676909


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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.

    • Brings the history of Slovakia to a new English-speaking audience
    • Essays by leading scholars in the region
    • Explores the complexity of Slovakia's multifaceted history, and gives a new dimension to the nation frequently thought of as just a part of the former Czechoslovakia
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    • A Choice Outstanding Academic Title, 2011

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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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    • Date Published: August 2013
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9781107676909
    • length: 434 pages
    • dimensions: 229 x 152 x 22 mm
    • weight: 0.58kg
    • contains: 19 b/w illus. 5 maps
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    1. Slovakia, the Slovaks and their history Dušan Kováč
    2. The Duchy of Nitra Ján Steinhübel
    3. The beginnings of the nobility in Slovakia Ján Lukačka
    4. Medieval towns Vladimír Segeš
    5. Renaissance and humanist tendencies in Slovakia Eva Frimmová
    6. The period of religious disturbances in Slovakia Viliam Čičaj
    7. The Enlightenment and the beginnings of the modern Slovak nation Eva Kowalská
    8. Slovak Slavism and Pan-Slavism Ľudovít Haraksim
    9. The Slovak political programme: from Hungarian patriotism to the Czecho-Slovak state Dušan Kováč
    10. Slovakia in Czechoslovakia (1918–38) Natália Krajčovičová
    11. Slovakia from the Munich conference to the declaration of independence Valerián Bystrický
    12. The Slovak state, 1939–45 Ivan Kamenec
    13. The Slovak question and the resistance movement during the Second World War Jan Rychlík
    14. The Slovak National Uprising: the most dramatic moment in the nation's history Vilém Prečan
    15. The Slovak question, 1945–8 Michal Barnovský
    16. Czechoslovakism in Slovak history Elisabeth Bakke
    17. The Magyar minority in Slovakia before and after the Second World War Štefan Šutaj
    18. The establishment of totalitarianism in Slovakia after the February coup of 1948 and the culmination of mass persecution, 1948–53 Jan Pešek
    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 Žatkuliak
    21. Slovakia under communism, 1948–89: controversial developments in the economy, society and culture Miroslav Londák and Elena Londáková
    22. The fall of communism and the establishment of an independent Slovakia Michal Štefanský
    23. Afterword: Slovakia in history Mikuláš Teich.

  • Editors

    Mikuláš Teich, Robinson College, Cambridge
    MIKULÁŠ TEICH is Emeritus Fellow of Robinson College, Cambridge and Honorary Professor, Vienna University of Technology (Technische Universität 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.

    Dušan Kováč, Slovak Academy of Sciences
    dUŠAN KOVÁČ is Vice-President of the Slovak Academy of Sciences and President of the Slovak National Committee of Historians. His previous publications include include Dějiny Slovenska (History of Slovakia, 1998).

    Martin D. Brown, Richmond: The American International University in London
    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 Émigrés in Great Britain, 1939–1945 (2006).


    Dušan Kováč, Ján Steinhübel, Ján Lukačka, Vladimír Segeš, Eva Frimmová, Viliam Čičaj, Eva Kowalská, Ľudovít Haraksim, Natália Krajčovičová, Valerián Bystrický, Ivan Kamenec, Jan Rychlík, Vilém Prečan, Michal Barnovský, Elisabeth Bakke, Štefan Šutaj, Jan Pešek, Stanislav Sikora, Jozef Žatkuliak, Miroslav Londák, Elena Londáková, Michal Štefanský, Mikuláš Teich


    • A Choice Outstanding Academic Title, 2011

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