By Rick Fawn
Czechoslovakia has captured the nation's mind's eye through the 20th century. The Allied betrayal of the rustic to Nazi Germany in 1938 used to be to illustrate the appalling effects of naive appeasement of aggression. The wholesale reform of Soviet communism within the Prague Spring of 1968 gained western help, and sympathy whilst it used to be overwhelmed by means of Warsaw Pact tanks. The fierce communist regime thereafter used to be introduced down virtually magically in 1989. Czechoslovakia extra to the overseas political vocabulary the time period, 'Velvet Revolution', and the velvet metaphor has characterized a lot of the country's path-breaking postcommunist transformation and its peaceable break-up in 1993.
In separate chapters on heritage, politics, economics, overseas kinfolk and the hot Czech identification, this booklet not just applauds the successes of the Czech Republic on the grounds that 1993, but additionally uncovers the frayed edges of the velvet kingdom.