By Craig Cravens
The Czech Republic is a red-hot ecu vacation spot, and the charms of Slovakia are slowly being stumbled on by means of Westerners to boot. the 2 international locations proportion basic similarities in language and tradition, yet they by no means particularly controlled to create a typical nationwide Czechoslovak identification, after being merged in 1918 whilst the Austro-Hungarian Empire collapsed. With the lifting of the Iron Curtain in 1989 during the Velvet Revolution and the ultimate breakup of Czechoslovakia in to 2 international locations in 1993, this updated, noticeable perception is way wanted. This quantity overviews the present social, cultural, and political scene of either nations, in order that normal readers come away with an exceptional knowing of the place the Czechs and Slovaks were and the place they're going.
The land, humans, and historical past bankruptcy lays the basis 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 cozy angle towards lifestyles and a love of celebrations, with a powerful beer tradition. The kingdom of girls and relations 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 very important subject matters. ultimately, the powerful traditions of theater and song, that have regularly been a part of the Czech nationwide cognizance, are obvious to be as alive and colourful as in anyplace within the world.
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