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Czechoslovakia Gains Independence (1918) Options
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Czechoslovakia Gains Independence (1918)

With the end of World War I came the dissolution of Austria-Hungary. Its Czech and Slovak-speaking territories—Bohemia, Moravia, Slovakia, and part of Silesia—formed Czechoslovakia. Benefiting from a liberal, democratic constitution and the inheritance most of the Austro-Hungarian Empire's industry, the new republic seemed to have a bright future. With its antagonistic and nationalistic ethnic elements, however, the new state was far from being a stable unit. What was the "Velvet Revolution"? More...
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The Velvet Revolution or Gentle Revolution was a non-violent transition of power in what was then Czechoslovakia. It refers to a bloodless revolution in Czechoslovakia that saw the overthrow of the communist regime in 1989, and brought back democracy to Czechs after fifty years of lack of freedom – after Nazi occupation and communist rule.
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rossalicia wrote:
The Velvet Revolution or Gentle Revolution was a non-violent transition of power in what was then Czechoslovakia. It refers to a bloodless revolution in Czechoslovakia that saw the overthrow of the communist regime in 1989, and brought back democracy to Czechs after fifty years of lack of freedom – after Nazi occupation and communist rule.


How are they doing these days with communist gone and freedom everywhere? Great I hope.
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THE VELVET REVOLUTION: A PEACEFUL END TO COMMUNISM IN CZECHOSLOVAKIA

Velvet is associated with Czechoslovakia's democratic revolution because it was a peaceful movement ending in compromise, not violence; Havel and his activist movement had a strategic preference for nonviolent action that facilitated the movement's success. While Slovak members of the activist movement referred to the democratic transition as the Gentle Revolution, Havel and his Czech compatriots continue to refer to it as the Velvet Revolution. Some argue that Lou Reed's Velvet Underground catalyzed the adoption of velvet by Czech civic activists, after a rare copy of the band's first record was snuck into Prague in 1968. The Velvet Underground later influenced The Plastic People of the Universe, close friends of Vaclav Havel who were an underground rock band that musically embodied Czech's opposition movement from 1968 to 1989.

https://tavaana.org/en/content/velvet-revolution-peaceful-end-communism-czechoslovakia-0
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Great read, as always, thx & keep them 'a cumin..... Brought back my undergraduate studies in geography and European history, which took me back some 50 years, thanks again....
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