Culture and Customs of the Czech Republic and Slovakia

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August 2006



The Czech Republic is a red-hot European destination, and the charms of Slovakia are slowly being discovered by Westerners as well. The two countries share fundamental similarities in language and culture, but they never really managed to create a common national Czechoslovak identity, after being merged in 1918 when the Austro-Hungarian Empire collapsed. With the lifting of the Iron Curtain in 1989 through the Velvet Revolution and the final breakup of Czechoslovakia in to two countries in 1993, this up-to-date, substantive insight is much needed. This volume overviews the current social, cultural, and political scene of both countries, so that general readers come away with a solid understanding of where the Czechs and Slovaks have been and where they are going.


CRAIG CRAVENS is a Fellow of Czech Studies at the University of Texas, Austin.


"Aimed at students and general readers, this volume explores the contemporary culture and customs of Slovakia and the Czech Republic. Cravens begins with a brief exposition on the geography, language, and population of the two countries, followed by an overview of their intertwined histories. Subsequent chapters discuss such topics as religion, marriage, holidays, cuisine, literature, performing arts, and architecture." - Reference & Research Book News
EAN: 9780313334122
ISBN: 0313334129
Untertitel: Sprache: Englisch.
Erscheinungsdatum: August 2006
Seitenanzahl: 187 Seiten
Format: gebunden
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