The Czechoslovakian divorce: “Velvet” settlement, or muted coexistence? Book Chapter

Palouš, M. (2019). The Czechoslovakian divorce: “Velvet” settlement, or muted coexistence? . 187-203. 10.4324/9780429046759-12

cited authors

  • Palouš, M



  • One of the very significant omens of the time is the end of the Czechoslovak state, which disappeared from the political map of Europe on 1 January 1993, after nearly seventy-five years of existence-paradoxically enough, also due to the collapse of communism. The Czechoslovak Republic came into existence at the end of World War I, on the ruins of the Austro-Hungarian Empire. The Czechs have succeeded in transforming themselves into a modern European civil society during the course of the nineteenth century. As a vital, culturally developed, and economically strong national community, they became less and less able to tolerate inferior, second-rate status in the Austro-Hungarian Empire. Though public policy debate has not seemed to play a significant, positive role in the process, the more relevant question today is its potential for developments ahead, in the “post-Czechoslovak” future.

publication date

  • January 1, 2019

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

International Standard Book Number (ISBN) 13

start page

  • 187

end page

  • 203