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Slovakia in History 1st Edition

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ISBN-13: 978-0521802536
ISBN-10: 0521802539
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"The scholarship in this volume is first-rate, and the tone of the volume is refreshingly balanced, providing at every turn new and stimulating insights. Highly recommended." -Choice

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In this unique book in the English language, leading scholars explore the key moments and themes in Slovakia's history. Charting how Slovak national identity took shape from the Duchy of Nitra's ninth-century origins to the establishment of independent Slovakia at midnight 1992-1993, they chart the ethnic awakening of the Slovak people.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 434 pages
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press; 1 edition (March 14, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0521802539
  • ISBN-13: 978-0521802536
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 1.1 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.8 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,424,343 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By KAM on November 29, 2013
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
This was an extremely good book. It is well written by academics in the field and has a broad range of topics. It is very pricey.
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Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
The book provides a good overall perspective of the area's history from Slovak's viewpoint. It provides very good references and footnotes.
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Format: Paperback
This long awaited, 400-page paperback edition on the history and politics of Slovakia is suitable for both newcomers to this fascinating Carpathian nation and for those with more experience of its affairs and seeking greater depth.

It offers historical gems guaranteed to delight businessmen and visiting diplomats seeking to impress and garner favour with their Slovak hosts.

For example, while Magyar nationalists in the early 1900s, when the Austro-Hungarian Empire still controlled much of central and Eastern Europe, insisted that there was no such thing as a Slovak nation but a few mountain Magyar shepherds, British Slovakophile Prof. Robert W. Seton-Watson argued the exact opposite and supported the efforts of Slovaks to rid themselves of their 1,000-year-old Hungarian yoke.

Elsewhere in ‘Slovakia in History’, Teich Mikuláš, one of the book’s editors, an Emeritus Fellow of Robinson College Cambridge and a Honorary Professor at Vienna’s University of Technology, makes another little-known point about Slovakia.

He points out that Cambridge University Press (CUP) was initially somewhat skeptical about publishing anything on Slovakia, given that the nation didn’t exist as a state before 1918. What swayed the venerable editors at the CUP was a reference to Slovakia made in 1669 by one of Cambridge University’s (and Lincolnshire’s) most famous sons, Sir Isaac Newton.

Mikuláš makes the point that while ‘Slovakian’ barley was widely known and sought after by brewers in Germany, it was Newton’s use of ‘Sclavonia’ – the Latinised form of Slovakia – in a famous letter known as the ‘Aston letter,’ dated 18 May 1669, that persuaded them to give the go-ahead.
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