Irreconcilable Differences?: Explaining Czechoslovakia's Dissolution

Irreconcilable Differences?: Explaining Czechoslovakia's Dissolution

By: Allison Stanger (editor), Michael Kraus (editor), Voclav Havel (foreword_author)Paperback

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This unique volume brings together a multi-disciplinary group of scholars as well as Czech and Slovak decisionmakers who were personally involved in the events leading up to the separation of Czechoslovakia. Asking whether the dissolution was inevitable, the contributors bring a range of different approaches and perspectives to bear on the twin problems of democratic transitions in multinational societies and ethnic separatism and its origins. The blend of analysis and insider experiences will make this book invaluable for all concerned with nationalism and ethnicity, democratization, and transitions in Eastern Europe.

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Michael Kraus is professor and chair of the Department of Political Science, Middlebury College. Allison Stanger is associate professor of political science and director of the international politics and economics program, Middlebury College.


Chapter 1 Foreword Chapter 2 Past as a Prologue Chapter 3 Contending Views of Czechoslovakia's Demise Part 4 Part I: Legacies of the Past Chapter 5 Inevitability, Probability, Possibility: The Legacies of the Czech-Slovak Relationship, 1918-1989, and the Disintegration of the State Chapter 6 The Possibilities for Czech-Slovak Compromise, 1989-1992 Part 7 Part II: Institutional Challenges and Constitutional Controversies Chapter 8 From "Velvet Revolution" to "Velvet Split": Consociational Institutions and the Disintegration of Czechoslovakia Chapter 9 The Impact of Institutional Factors on the Breakup of the Czechoslovak Federation Chapter 10 Electoral Rules and the Fate of Nations: Czechoslovakia's Last Parliamentary Elections Chapter 11 The Price of Velvet: Constitutional Politics and the Demise of the Czechoslovak Federation Part 12 Part III: Media, Economic, and International Factors Chapter 13 Failing Democracy: Journalists, the Mass Media, and the Dissolution of Czechoslovakia Chapter 14 Explaining Czechoslovakia's Dissolution: Assesing Economic performance Before and After the Breakup Chapter 15 The End of Czechslovakia: International Forces and Factors Part 16 Part IV: The View from the Ground: Czech and Slovak Perspectives Chapter 17 A Retrospective Look at the Dissolution of Czechoslovakia Chapter 18 The Division/Dissolution of Czechoslovakia: Old Sins and New Forms of Selfishness Chapter 19 A Comment on Carnogursk? and Pithart Chapter 20 Fragments from the Dividing of Czechoslovakia Chapter 21 Domestic and International Aspects of the Czechoslovak State's Crisis and End Chapter 22 Czechoslovakia After 1989: The Reasons for the Division Chapter 23 Notes on the Role of Television in Czechoslovakia's Dissolution Part 24 Part V: Czechoslovakia's Dissolution in Comparative Perspective Chapter 25 On Ethnic Conflicts and their Resolution Chapter 26 Lessons from the Breakup of Czechoslovakia Chapter 27 Appendix: Narrative Chronology of the Czech-Slovak Conflict, 1990-1992

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  • publication date: 01/06/2000
  • ISBN13: 9780847690213
  • Format: Paperback
  • Number Of Pages: 368
  • ID: 9780847690213
  • weight: 481
  • ISBN10: 0847690210

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