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Czechoslovakia

1918–1992 country in Central Europe, predecessor of the Czech Republic and Slovakia

Czechoslovakia or Czecho-Slovakia[1] (Czech: Československo, Slovak: Československo/after 1990 Česko-Slovensko) was a country in Europe. It split off from Austria-Hungary in 1918 and split apart in 1993.

Czechoslovakia

Československo
1918–1992
Flag of Czechoslovakia
Flag
Motto: Czech: Pravda vítězí
("Truth prevails"; 1918-1989)
Latin: Veritas Vincit
("Truth prevails"; 1989-1992)
Location of Czechoslovakia
CapitalPrague
Common languagesCzech, Slovak
GovernmentRepublic
President 
• 1918-1935
Tomáš Masaryk
• 1935-1938, 1945-1948
Eduard Beneš
• 1989-1992
Václav Havel
Prime Minister 
• 1918-1919
Karel Kramář
• 1992
Jan Stráský
History 
• Independence from Austria-Hungary
28 October 1918
• Dissolution of Czechoslovakia
31 December 1992
Area
1993127,900 km2 (49,400 sq mi)
Population
• 1993
15600000
CurrencyCzechoslovak koruna
Preceded by
Succeeded by
Austria-Hungary
Czech Republic
Slovakia

In mid 1938 Nazi Germany took over Czechoslovakia and split off Slovakia. After World War II the USSR kept part of eastern Czechoslovakia so that they could have a border with Hungary. The USSR also kept parts of Poland and Romania. All four of these countries were in the USSR's sphere of influence. The USSR thought that this meant they could make sure the countries did what they wanted. In 1968 the USSR thought that the government of Alexander Dubcek was moving away from communism and leaving the Warsaw Pact, and invaded Czechoslovakia.

In 1989 Czechoslovakia peacefully removed the Communist dictatorship in the Velvet Revolution.

On 1 January 1993, Czechoslovakia split into the Czech Republic and Slovakia. Both countries separated in peace.

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ReferencesEdit

  1. "THE COVENANT OF THE LEAGUE OF NATIONS".
  2. Votruba, Martin. "Czecho-Slovakia or Czechoslovakia". Slovak Studies Program. University of Pittsburgh. Archived from the original on 15 October 2013. Retrieved 29 March 2009.