Czechoslovakia's "Velvet Divorce" Ethnicity in the Post-Cold War World
Date of Award
Master of Arts (MA)
Political Science & Geography
Graduate Program in International studies
David M. Keithly
Philip S. Gillette
Pia Christina Wood
Call Number for Print
Special Collections LD4331.I45W47
The problem addressed in this study is the issue of ethnicity in post-communist Czechoslovakia. Specifically, the roots of the Czechoslovaks' "Velvet Divorce," or dissolution into two independent states, are explored and an explanation is offered as to the cause of this ethnic separatism. The methods used include archival, sociological, and statistical research so as to provide a firm multidisciplinary basis for the. conclusions reached. The results of this research suggest that the nation of Czechoslovakia was never integrated in a meaningful manner. Though unified legally for over seventy years, the Czechs and Slovaks did not develop a common identity as Czechoslovaks. The conclusion reached is that while political, economic, and social forces contributed to the legal division of the Czechoslovak nation, unified Czechoslovakia was merely a transitional phase for these two peoples who had previously existed only under the rule of foreign powers.
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Wert, Jonathan R..
"Czechoslovakia's "Velvet Divorce" Ethnicity in the Post-Cold War World"
(1995). Master of Arts (MA), Thesis, Political Science & Geography, Old Dominion University, DOI: 10.25777/a9zv-7e74