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This clear, objective introduction to the politics of Czechoslovakia and the successor Czech and Slovak Republics provides a comprehensive analysis of Czechoslovakia in the postcommunist period. Carol Leff builds a framework for understanding the dynamics of the "triple transition": democratization, marketization, and a national transformation that has reconfigured the dynamic between state and nation. She shows how the interaction of these three transformational agendas has shaped Czechoslovakia's development, ultimately culminating in the paradoxical disintegration of a state that most of its citizens wished to preserve.The book offers a valuable case study of a country coming back to Europe, but it also provides an opportunity for analyzing the influence of communism on what had been a significant interwar European state. The book's strong comparative element will make it invaluable as well for those seeking to understand contemporary central and eastern Europe.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780813329222
ISBN-10: 0813329221
Format: Paperback
(229mm x 152mm x 21mm)
Pages: 316
Imprint: Westview Press Inc
Publisher: The Perseus Books Group
Publish Date: 4-Oct-1996
Country of Publication: United States

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Author Biography - Carol Skalnik Leff

Carol Skalnik Leff is assistant professor of political science at the University of Illinois at Urbana--Champaign.

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