The Czechs versus the Slovaks: Bilateral Relations, 1944–1948

Jiří Kocian

in Czechoslovakia in a Nationalist and Fascist Europe, 1918–1948

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Published in print June 2007 | ISBN: 9780197263914
Published online February 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780191734359 | DOI:

Series: Proceedings of the British Academy

The Czechs versus the Slovaks: Bilateral Relations, 1944–1948

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After the new Czechoslovak Republic emerged in 1918, the relations between Czechoslovakia and Slovakia immediately became one of the crucial domestic problems it had to cope with. The success of the new Republic largely depended on whether the issue of bilateral relations would become a stabilizing factor or not. Czech politicians, however, followed the pre-war Czechoslovakian concepts even after the war. By the end of World War II, problems about the reunification of Bohemia and Moravia with Slovakia reemerged, as the issue of the legal settlement of relations between the Czechs and the Slovaks was raised. There was a continuation of centralism immediately after 1948, justified ideologically by the ‘necessity to struggle against bourgeois nationalism’. Nationally oriented Communists, such as Gustáv Husák, Vladimir Clementis, or Ladislav Novomeský, were accused of plotting to separate Slovakia from the Republic.

Keywords: Czechoslovak Republic; bilateral relations; Czechoslovakia; Slovakia; Bohemia; Moravia; nationalism; Communists

Chapter.  3900 words. 

Subjects: Modern History (1700 to 1945)

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