Tuesday, January 1, 2013

Radio Prague Today 1.1.2013

Articles posted today

The split of Czechoslovakia: context, reasons, and lessons for the future

For Czechs and Slovaks, New Year's Day has a special meaning as the independent Czech and Slovak Republics emerged 20 years ago today. But what strained their relations while they were still living in one country? Why did Czechoslovakia split against the wishes of most of its inhabitants? And what lessons can be learned from the history of their common country? In our special New Year's Day programme, we discuss these issues with Jan Rychlík from the Philosophical Faculty of Charles University, and political scientist and historian Juraj Marušiak from the Slovak Academy of Sciences.