New PDF release: Culture and Customs of the Czech Republic and Slovakia

By Craig Cravens

The Czech Republic is a red-hot eu vacation spot, and the charms of Slovakia are slowly being found via Westerners to boot. the 2 nations percentage basic similarities in language and tradition, yet they by no means fairly controlled to create a standard nationwide Czechoslovak identification, after being merged in 1918 while the Austro-Hungarian Empire collapsed. With the lifting of the Iron Curtain in 1989 throughout the Velvet Revolution and the ultimate breakup of Czechoslovakia in to 2 nations in 1993, this updated, substantive perception is far wanted. This quantity overviews the present social, cultural, and political scene of either international locations, in order that common readers come away with an effective realizing of the place the Czechs and Slovaks were and the place they're going.The land, humans, and historical past bankruptcy lays the foundation for the remainder of the narrative. within the bankruptcy on faith and proposal, the explanations for the frequent atheism of the Czechs and the contrasting religiosity of the Slovaks are defined. either peoples are proven to have secure perspective towards lifestyles and a love of celebrations, with a robust beer tradition. The country of girls and kinfolk and feminism within the post-Soviet period is additionally mentioned and readers will know about the position of romance novels and the Czech Cosmopolitan. The literature bankruptcy emphasizes the Czech humorousness and the shortcoming of translations of Slovakian works. The crises in journalism and cinema are different vital subject matters. eventually, the powerful traditions of theater and tune, that have continuously been a part of the Czech nationwide realization, are obvious to be as alive and colourful as in anyplace on the earth.

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The Coasts of Bohemia: A Czech History. Princeton: Princeton University Press, 1998. Wolchik, Sharon. ” In The Columbia History of Eastern Europe in the Twentieth Century, ed. Josef Held. New York: Columbia University Press, 1992, pp. 119–63. html. praguepost. com/. 2 Thought and Religion We have got rid of Vienna. Now we will get rid of Rome! —Tomáš Masaryk Although it is the birthplace of the religious reformer Jan Hus (c. 1369– 1415), the Czech Republic is the second most atheistic country in Europe, just behind Estonia.

An overwhelming 92 percent of Slovaks advocated joining the union, but here again only 52 percent of Slovaks showed up to vote. Many are still skeptical, fearing greater inflation and a skewering of Czech and Slovak national culture. They are also concerned that rich foreigners will invade their land and buy it cheaply. N OTES 1. S. Congress, Washington, DC, February 21, 1990. Cited in Václav Havel, The Art of the Impossible: Politics as Morality in Practice, trans. Paul Wilson et al. (New York: Fromm International, 1998), 11.

The teachings of the Brethren survived the Thirty Years War and spread to other countries. Legend has it that Komenský was offered the first presidency of Harvard University. W HITE M OUNTAIN On November 8, 1620, invading Catholic armies defeated Czech Protestant forces at the Battle of White Mountain, putting an end to the sovereignty of the Czech state. The Czech lands were reduced to the status of imperial crown lands of the Hapsburg Empire, and Catholicism became the only religion permitted until 1781, when Emperor Josef II issued a Tolerance Patent guaranteeing freedom of religion.

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