The Info List - Czechoslovak Socialist Republic

The Czechoslovak Socialist Republic
(Czech and Slovak: Československá socialistická republika, ČSSR) was the name of Czechoslovakia
from 1948 until 23 April 1990, when the country was under communist rule. Formally known as the Fourth Czechoslovak Republic, it has been regarded as a satellite state of the Soviet Union.[1] Following the coup d'état of February 1948, when the Communist Party of Czechoslovakia
seized power with the support of the Soviet Union, the country was declared a people's republic after the Ninth-of-May Constitution became effective. The traditional name Československá republika (Czechoslovak Republic) was changed on 11 July 1960 following implementation of the 1960 Constitution of Czechoslovakia
1960 Constitution of Czechoslovakia
as a symbol of the "final victory of socialism" in the country, and remained so until the Velvet Revolution
Velvet Revolution
in November 1989. Several other state symbols were changed in 1960. Shortly after the Velvet Revolution, the Czechoslovak Socialist Republic
was renamed to the Czech and Slovak Federative Republic.


1 Name 2 History

2.1 Background 2.2 1960-1990

3 Geography 4 Politics

4.1 Heads of state and government 4.2 Foreign relations 4.3 Administrative divisions

5 Economy

5.1 Resource base

6 Demographics

6.1 Society and social groups 6.2 Emigration 6.3 Religion

7 Culture and society

7.1 Health, social welfare and housing 7.2 Mass media

8 Military 9 See also 10 Notes 11 References 12 External links

Name[edit] The official name of the country was the Czechoslovak Socialist Republic. Conventional wisdom suggested that it would be known as simply the "Czechoslovak Republic"—its official name from 1920-1938 and from 1945-1960. However, Slovak politicians felt this diminished Slovakia's equal stature, and demanded that the country's name be spelled with a hyphen (i.e. "Czecho-Slovak Republic"), as it was spelled from Czechoslovak independence in 1918 until 1920, and again in 1938 and 1939. President Havel then changed his proposal to " Republic
of Czecho-Slovakia"—a proposal that did not sit well with Czech politicians who saw reminders of the 1938 Munich Agreement, in which Nazi Germany annexed a part of that territory. The name also means "Land of the Czechs
and Slovaks" while Latinised from the country's original name – "the Czechoslovak Nation"[2] – upon independence in 1918, from the Czech endonym Češi – via its Polish orthography[3] The name "Czech" derives from the Czech endonym Češi via Polish,[3] from the archaic Czech Čechové, originally the name of the West Slavic tribe whose Přemyslid dynasty
Přemyslid dynasty
subdued its neighbors in Bohemia
around AD 900. Its further etymology is disputed. The traditional etymology derives it from an eponymous leader Čech who led the tribe into Bohemia. Modern theories consider it an obscure derivative, e.g. from četa, a medieval military unit.[4] Meanwhile, the name "Slovak" was taken from the Slavic "Slavs" as the origin of the word Slav itself remains uncertain. During the state's existence, it was simply referred to "Czechoslovakia" or sometimes the "CSSR" and "CSR" in short.

History[edit] Background[edit] Eastern Bloc Soviet Socialist Republics Armenia Azerbaijan Byelorussia Estonia Georgia Kazakhstan Kirghizia Latvia Lithuania Moldavia Russia Tajikistan Turkmenia Ukraine Uzbekistan

Allied states Afghanistan Albania Angola Benin Bulgaria China Congo Cuba Czechoslovakia East Germany Ethiopia Grenada Hungary Kampuchea Laos Mongolia Mozambique North Korea Poland Romania Somalia South Yemen Vietnam Yugoslavia

Related organizations Cominform Comecon Warsaw Pact World Federation of Trade Unions World Federation of Democratic Youth

Dissent and opposition Anti-Soviet partisans Albania Bulgaria Croatia Estonia Latvia Lithuania Poland Romania Serbia Ukraine

Guerrilla war in the Baltic states Forest Brothers Operation Jungle Soviet occupation

Protests and uprisings Plzeň 1953 East Germany
East Germany
1953 Georgia 1956 Poznań 1956 Hungary 1956 Novocherkassk 1962 Czechoslovakia
1968 Invasion Red Square 1968

Charter 77
Charter 77
(Czechoslovakia) Solidarity (Poland) Jeltoqsan
(Kazakhstan) Braşov rebellion (Romania) January Events (Lithuania) The Barricades
The Barricades
(Latvia) April 9 tragedy
April 9 tragedy
(Georgia) Black January
Black January

Cold War
Cold War
events Marshall Plan Czechoslovak coup Tito–Stalin split Berlin Blockade Korean War Secret Speech Sino-Soviet Split Berlin Wall Cuban Missile Crisis Vietnam
War Cuban intervention in Angola Afghan War Moscow

Decline Singing Revolution Polish Round Table Agreement Revolutions of 1989 Fall of the Berlin Wall January Events in Latvia Breakup of Yugoslavia Yugoslav Wars End of the Soviet Union Fall of communism in Albania Dissolution of Czechoslovakia vte Before the Soviet liberation of Czechoslovakia
in 1945, Edvard Beneš, the Czechoslovak leader, agreed to Soviet leader Joseph Stalin's demands for unconditional agreement with Soviet foreign policy and the Beneš decrees.[5] While Beneš was not a Moscow
cadre and several domestic reforms of other Eastern Bloc
Eastern Bloc
countries were not part of Beneš' plan, Stalin did not object because the plan included property expropriation and he was satisfied with the relative strength of communists in Czechoslovakia
compared to other Eastern Bloc countries.[5] In April 1945, the Third Republic
was formed, led by a National Front of six parties. Because of the Communist Party's strength and Beneš's loyalty, unlike in other Central and Eastern European countries, the Kremlin did not require Eastern Bloc
Eastern Bloc
politics or "reliable" cadres in Czechoslovak power positions, and the executive and legislative branches retained their traditional structures.[6] The Communists were the big winners in the 1946 elections, taking a total of 114 seats (they ran a separate list in Slovakia). Not only was this the only time a Communist Party won a free election anywhere in Europe during the Cold War
Cold War
era, but it was one of only two free elections ever held in the Soviet bloc.[citation needed] Klement Gottwald, leader of the KSČ, became Prime Minister of Czechoslovakia. However, thereafter, the Soviet Union
Soviet Union
was disappointed that the government failed to eliminate "bourgeois" influence in the army, expropriate industrialists and large landowners and eliminate parties outside of the "National Front".[7] Hope in Moscow
was waning for a Communist victory in the 1948 elections following a May 1947 Kremlin report concluded that "reactionary elements" praising Western democracy had strengthened.[8] Following Czechoslovakia's brief consideration of taking Marshall Plan funds,[9] and the subsequent scolding of Communist parties by the Cominform
at Szklarska Poręba
Szklarska Poręba
in September 1947, Rudolf Slánský returned to Prague
with a plan for the final seizure of power, including the StB's elimination of party enemies and purging of dissidents.[10] Thereafter, Soviet Ambassador Valerian Zorin arranged a communist coup d'état, followed by the occupation of non-Communist ministers' ministries, while the army was confined to barracks.[11]

Pro-Communist demonstrations before the coup d'état in 1948 On 25 February 1948, Beneš, fearful of civil war and Soviet intervention, capitulated and appointed a Communist-dominated government who was sworn in two days later. Although members of the other National Front parties still nominally figured, this was, for all intents and purposes, the start of out-and-out Communist rule in the country.[12][13][14] Foreign Minister Jan Masaryk, the only prominent Minister still left who wasn't either a Communist or fellow traveler, was found dead two weeks later.[15] On 30 May, a single list of candidates from the National Front—now an organization dominated by the Communist Party—was elected to the National Assembly. After passage of the Ninth-of-May Constitution on 9 June 1948, the country became a People's Republic
until 1960. Although it was not a completely Communist document, it was close enough to the Soviet model that Beneš refused to sign it. He'd resigned a week before it was finally ratified, and died in September. The Ninth-of-May Constitution confirmed that the KSČ possessed absolute power, as other Communist parties had in the Eastern Bloc. On 11 July 1960, the 1960 Constitution of Czechoslovakia
was promulgated, changing the name of the country from the "Czechoslovak Republic" to the "Czechoslovak Socialist Republic".

1960-1990[edit] Main articles: History of Czechoslovakia, History of Czechoslovakia (1948–1989), and History of Czechoslovakia
History of Czechoslovakia
(1989–1992) Czechoslovakia
in 1969. With the exception of the Prague
Spring in the late-1960s, Czechoslovakia
was characterized by the absence of democracy and competitiveness of its Western European counterparts as part of the Cold War. In 1969, the country became a federation of the Czech Socialist Republic
and Slovak Socialist Republic. Under the federation, social and economic inequities between the Czech and Slovak halves of the country were largely eliminated. A number of ministries, such as Education, were formally transferred to the two republics. However, the centralized political control by the Communist Party severely limited the effects of federalization. The 1970s saw the rise of the dissident movement in Czechoslovakia, represented (among others) by Václav Havel. The movement sought greater political participation and expression in the face of official disapproval, making itself felt by limits on work activities (up to a ban on any professional employment and refusal of higher education to the dissident's children), police harassment and even prison time. In late 1989, the country became a democracy again through the Velvet Revolution. In 1992, the Federal Assembly decided it would split the country into the Czech Republic
and Slovakia
on 1 January 1993.

Geography[edit] The Czechoslovak Socialist Republic
was bounded on the West by West Germany and East Germany, on the North by Poland, on the East by the Soviet Union
Soviet Union
(via the Ukrainian SSR) and on the South by Hungary and Austria.

Politics[edit] Main article: Politics of Communist Czechoslovakia Further information: Eastern Bloc
Eastern Bloc
politics The Communist Party of Czechoslovakia
(KSČ) led initially by First Secretary Klement Gottwald, held a monopoly on politics. Following the 1948 Tito-Stalin split
Tito-Stalin split
and the Berlin Blockade, increased party purges occurred throughout the Eastern Bloc, including a purge of 550,000 party members of the KSČ, which comprised 30% of its members.[16][17] Approximately 130,000 people were sent to prisons, labor camps and mines.[17] The evolution of the resulting harshness of purges in Czechoslovakia, like much of its history after 1948, was a function of the late takeover by the communists, with many of the purges focusing on the sizable numbers of party members with prior memberships in other parties.[18] The purges accompanied various show trials, including those of Rudolf Slánský, Vladimír Clementis, Ladislav Novomeský and Gustáv Husák
Gustáv Husák
(Clementis was later executed).[16] Slánský and eleven others were convicted together of being "Trotskyist-zionist-titoist-bourgeois-nationalist traitors" in one series of show trials, after which they were executed and their ashes were mixed with material being used to fill roads on the outskirts of Prague.[16] Antonín Novotny
Antonín Novotny
served as First Secretary of the KSČ from 1953 to 1968. Gustáv Husák
Gustáv Husák
was elected first secretary of KSČ in 1969 (changed to General Secretary in 1971) and president of Czechoslovakia in 1975. Other parties and organizations existed but functioned in subordinate roles to KSČ. All political parties, as well as numerous mass organizations, were grouped under the umbrella of National Front of the Czechoslovak Socialist Republic. Human rights activists and religious activists were severely repressed. In terms of political positions, the KSČ maintained the cadre and the nomenklatura lists, with the latter containing every post in each country that was important to the smooth application of party policy, including military posts, administrative positions, directors of local enterprises, social organization administrators, newspapers, etc.[19] The KSČ's nomenklatura lists were thought to contain 100,000 post listings.[19] The names of those that the party considered to be trustworthy enough to secure a nomenklatura post were compiled on the cadre list.[19]

Heads of state and government[edit] List of presidents of Czechoslovakia List of Prime Ministers of Czechoslovakia Foreign relations[edit] See also: Foreign relations of the Czech Republic
and Foreign relations of Slovakia Communist-controlled Czechoslovakia
was an active participant in the Council for Mutual Economic Assistance (Comecon), Warsaw Pact, the UN and its specialized agencies, and Non-Aligned Movement; it was a signatory of conference on Security and Cooperation in Europe.

Administrative divisions[edit] Main article: Administrative divisions of Czechoslovakia Part of a series on theCzechoslovak Socialist Republic

History Politics Economy Industry Agriculture Foreign trade Transport Education Demographics Government structure Health and social welfare Mass media Resource base Religion Society

vte 1960–1992: 10 regions (kraje), Prague, and (since 1970) Bratislava; divided in 109–114 districts (okresy); the kraje were abolished temporarily in Slovakia
in 1969–1970 and for many functions since 1991 in Czechoslovakia; in addition, the two internal republics, the Czech Socialist Republic
and Slovak Socialist Republic, were established in 1969. Economy[edit] Main article: Economy of Communist Czechoslovakia Further information: Eastern Bloc
Eastern Bloc
economies The Czechoslovak economy was a centrally planned command economy with links controlled by the communist party, similar to the Soviet Union. It had a large metallurgical industry, but was dependent on imports for iron and nonferrous ores. Like the rest of the Eastern Bloc, producer goods were favored over consumer goods, causing consumer goods to be lacking in quantity and quality. This resulted in a shortage economy.[20][21] Economic growth rates lagged well behind Czechoslovakia's western European counterparts.[22] Investments made in industry did not yield the results expected, and consumption of energy and raw materials was excessive. Czechoslovak leaders themselves decried the economy's failure to modernize with sufficient speed.

Industry: Extractive and manufacturing industries dominated sector. Major branches included machinery, chemicals, food processing, metallurgy, and textiles. Industry was wasteful of energy, materials, and labor and slow to upgrade technology, but was a source of high-quality machinery and arms for other communist countries. Agriculture: Minor sector but supplied bulk of food needs. Dependent on large imports of grains (mainly for livestock feed) in years of adverse weather. Meat production constrained by shortage of feed, but high per capita consumption of meat. Foreign Trade: Exports estimated at US$17.8 billion in 1985, of which 55% was machinery, 14% fuels and materials, and 16% manufactured consumer goods. Imports at estimated US$17.9 billion in 1985, of which 41% was fuels and materials, 33% machinery, and 12% agricultural and forestry products. In 1986, about 80% of foreign trade was with communist countries. Exchange Rate: Official, or commercial, rate Kcs 5.4 per US$1 in 1987; tourist, or noncommercial, rate Kcs 10.5 per US$1. Neither rate reflected purchasing power. The exchange rate on the black market was around Kcs 30 per US$1, and this rate became the official one once the currency became convertible in the early 1990s. Fiscal Year: Calendar year. Fiscal Policy: State almost exclusive owner of means of production. Revenues from state enterprises primary source of revenues followed by turnover tax. Large budget expenditures on social programs, subsidies, and investments. Budget usually balanced or small surplus. Resource base[edit] Main article: Resource base of Communist Czechoslovakia After World War II, the country was short on energy, relying on imported crude oil and natural gas from the Soviet Union, domestic brown coal, and nuclear and hydroelectric energy. Energy constraints were a major factor in 1980s.

Demographics[edit] Society and social groups[edit] Main article: Society of Communist Czechoslovakia Homosexuality was decriminalized in 1962.[23]

Emigration[edit] Further information: Eastern Bloc
Eastern Bloc
emigration and defection Historically, emigration has always been an option for Czechs
and Slovaks
dissatisfied with the situation at home. Each wave of emigration had its own impetus. In the 19th century, the reasons were primarily economic. In the 20th century, emigration was largely prompted by political turmoil, though economic factors still played a role. The first major wave of emigration in the 20th century came after the communists came to power, and the next wave began after the Prague
Spring was suppressed. In the 1980s, the most popular way to emigrate to the West was to travel to Yugoslavia by automobile and, once there, take a detour to Greece, Austria, or Italy
(Yugoslav border restrictions were not as strict as those of the Warsaw Pact
Warsaw Pact
nations). Only a small percentage of those who applied to emigrate legally could do so. The exact details of the process have never been published, but a reasonably clear picture can be gleaned from those who succeeded. It was a lengthy and costly process. Those applicants allowed to even consider emigration were required to repay the state for their education, depending on their level of education and salary, at a rate ranging from 4,000 Kčs to 10,000 Kčs. (The average yearly wage was about Kčs33,600 in 1984.) The applicant was likely to lose his job and be socially ostracized. Technically, at least, such emigres would be allowed to return for visits. Those who had been politically active, such as Charter 77 signatories, found it somewhat easier to emigrate, but they were not allowed to return and reportedly had to pay the state exorbitant fees—Kčs23,000 to as much as Kčs80,000—if they had graduated from a university. Old-age pensioners had no problem visiting or emigrating to the West. The reasons for this were purely economic; if they decided to stay in the West, the state no longer had to pay their pension.[citation needed] There is (and always was) a huge discrepancy between "official statistics" (i.e. numbers issued by the communist regime) on how many people emigrated from Czechoslovakia
and "illegal refugee" statistics published by the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR). This discrepancy was not specific to Czechoslovakia
only; a similar situation applied for all Eastern Bloc
Eastern Bloc
countries, as their authoritarian regimes preferred to downplay and suppress real numbers.[citation needed] Official statistics for the early 1980s show that, on the average, 3,500 people emigrated legally each year. From 1965 to 1983, a total of 33,000 people emigrated legally. This figure undoubtedly included a large number of ethnic Germans
resettled in East Germany. The largest émigré communities are located in Austria, West Germany, the United States, Canada, and Australia. Unofficial figures are much larger. It is estimated that between 1948 and 1989 close to 1 million people left communist-ruled Czechoslovakia. The largest exoduses occurred following the communist takeover in February 1948 and following the Warsaw Pact
Warsaw Pact
invasion of Czechoslovakia
in 1968, with around 200,000 people leaving in each wave.[citation needed] A very similar 200,000-strong refugee wave left Hungary in 1956 after their failed anti-communist revolution. In the 1950s, when the regime was at its harshest and the " Iron
Curtain" was close to impenetrable, emigration was very low. It increased between 1969 and 1989, when close to 40,000 people were leaving the country each year. All of them were sentenced to imprisonment in absentia by the communist regime for leaving the country illegally.

Religion[edit] Main article: Religion in Communist Czechoslovakia Religion was oppressed and attacked in communist-era Czechoslovakia.[24] In 1991, 46.4% were Roman Catholics, Atheists made up 29.5%, 5.3% were Evangelical Lutherans, and 16.7% were n/a, but there were huge differences between the 2 constituent republics – see Czech Republic
and Slovakia.

Culture and society[edit] Health, social welfare and housing[edit] Main article: Health and Social Welfare in Communist Czechoslovakia After World War II, free health care was available to all citizens. National health planning emphasized preventive medicine; factory and local health-care centers supplemented hospitals and other inpatient institutions. Substantial improvement in rural health care in 1960s and 1970s.

Mass media[edit] Main article: Mass media in Communist Czechoslovakia Further information: Eastern Bloc
Eastern Bloc
information dissemination The mass media in Czechoslovakia
was controlled by the Communist Party of Czechoslovakia
(KSČ). Private ownership of any publication or agency of the mass media was generally forbidden, although churches and other organizations published small periodicals and newspapers. Even with this informational monopoly in the hands of organizations under KSČ control, all publications were reviewed by the government's Office for Press and Information.

Military[edit] Main article: Czechoslovak People's Army See also[edit] Government structure of Communist Czechoslovakia Economy of Communist Czechoslovakia Resource base of Communist Czechoslovakia Society of Communist Czechoslovakia Health and social welfare in Communist Czechoslovakia Mass media in Communist Czechoslovakia Prague
Spring Notes[edit]

^ Rao, B. V. (2006), History of Modern Europe Ad 1789–2002: A.D. 1789–2002, Sterling Publishers Pvt. Ltd.

^ Masaryk, Tomáš. Czechoslovak Declaration of Independence. 1918.

^ a b Czech. CollinsDictionary.com. Collins English Dictionary – Complete & Unabridged 11th Edition. Retrieved 6 December 2012.

^ Online Etymology Dictionary. "Czech". Retrieved 11 February 2011.

^ a b Wettig 2008, p. 45

^ Wettig 2008, p. 86

^ Wettig 2008, p. 152

^ Wettig 2008, p. 110

^ Wettig 2008, p. 138

^ Grogin 2001, p. 134

^ Grenville 2005, p. 371

^ Grenville 2005, pp. 370–371

^ Grogin 2001, pp. 134–135

^ Saxonberg 2001, p. 15

^ Grogin 2001, p. 135

^ a b c Crampton 1997, p. 262

^ a b Bideleux & Jeffries 2007, p. 477

^ Crampton 1997, p. 270

^ a b c Crampton 1997, p. 249

^ Dale 2005, p. 85

^ Bideleux & Jeffries 2007, p. 474

^ Hardt & Kaufman 1995, p. 17

^ http://www.radio.cz/fr/rubrique/histoire/vers-la-decriminalisation-de-lhomosexualite-sous-le-communisme

^ Catholics in Communist Czechoslovakia: A Story of Persecution and Perseverance

References[edit] Bideleux, Robert; Jeffries, Ian (2007), A History of Eastern Europe: Crisis and Change, Routledge, ISBN 0-415-36626-7.mw-parser-output cite.citation font-style:inherit .mw-parser-output .citation q quotes:"""""""'""'" .mw-parser-output .citation .cs1-lock-free a background:url("//upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/6/65/Lock-green.svg/9px-Lock-green.svg.png")no-repeat;background-position:right .1em center .mw-parser-output .citation .cs1-lock-limited a,.mw-parser-output .citation .cs1-lock-registration a background:url("//upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/d/d6/Lock-gray-alt-2.svg/9px-Lock-gray-alt-2.svg.png")no-repeat;background-position:right .1em center .mw-parser-output .citation .cs1-lock-subscription a background:url("//upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/a/aa/Lock-red-alt-2.svg/9px-Lock-red-alt-2.svg.png")no-repeat;background-position:right .1em center .mw-parser-output .cs1-subscription,.mw-parser-output .cs1-registration color:#555 .mw-parser-output .cs1-subscription span,.mw-parser-output .cs1-registration span border-bottom:1px dotted;cursor:help .mw-parser-output .cs1-ws-icon a background:url("//upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/4/4c/Wikisource-logo.svg/12px-Wikisource-logo.svg.png")no-repeat;background-position:right .1em center .mw-parser-output code.cs1-code color:inherit;background:inherit;border:inherit;padding:inherit .mw-parser-output .cs1-hidden-error display:none;font-size:100% .mw-parser-output .cs1-visible-error font-size:100% .mw-parser-output .cs1-maint display:none;color:#33aa33;margin-left:0.3em .mw-parser-output .cs1-subscription,.mw-parser-output .cs1-registration,.mw-parser-output .cs1-format font-size:95% .mw-parser-output .cs1-kern-left,.mw-parser-output .cs1-kern-wl-left padding-left:0.2em .mw-parser-output .cs1-kern-right,.mw-parser-output .cs1-kern-wl-right padding-right:0.2em Black, Cyril E.; English, Robert D.; Helmreich, Jonathan E.; McAdams, James A. (2000), Rebirth: A Political History of Europe since World War II, Westview Press, ISBN 0-8133-3664-3 Crampton, R. J. (1997), Eastern Europe in the twentieth century and after, Routledge, ISBN 0-415-16422-2 Dale, Gareth (2005), Popular Protest in East Germany, 1945–1989: Judgements on the Street, Routledge, ISBN 978-0-7146-5408-9 Frucht, Richard C. (2003), Encyclopedia of Eastern Europe: From the Congress of Vienna to the Fall of Communism, Taylor & Francis Group, ISBN 0-203-80109-1 Grenville, John Ashley Soames (2005), A History of the World from the 20th to the 21st Century, Routledge, ISBN 0-415-28954-8 Grenville, John Ashley Soames; Wasserstein, Bernard (2001), The Major International Treaties of the Twentieth Century: A History and Guide with Texts, Taylor & Francis, ISBN 0-415-23798-X Grogin, Robert C. (2001), Natural Enemies: The United States
United States
and the Soviet Union
Soviet Union
in the Cold War, 1917–1991, Lexington Books, ISBN 0-7391-0160-9 Hardt, John Pearce; Kaufman, Richard F. (1995), East-Central European Economies in Transition, M.E. Sharpe, ISBN 1-56324-612-0 Saxonberg, Steven (2001), The Fall: A Comparative Study of the End of Communism
in Czechoslovakia, East Germany, Hungary and Poland, Routledge, ISBN 90-5823-097-X Wettig, Gerhard (2008), Stalin and the Cold War
Cold War
in Europe, Rowman & Littlefield, ISBN 0-7425-5542-9 External links[edit] RFE/RL Czechoslovak Unit, Open Society Archives, Budapest. Czechoslovakia—Believe it or not!, a pro-CSR text from 1986.

vteTimeline of Czechoslovak statehood









Austrian Empire

First Republica


Third Republic

Czechoslovak Republice1948–1960

Czechoslovak Socialist Republicf1960–1990

Czech and Slovak Federative Republic1990–1992

Czech Republic

Second Republicc1938–1939

Protectorate of Bohemia
and Moravia1939–1945


Kingdom of Hungary

Slovak Republic1939–1945


Southern Slovakia
and Carpathian Ukrained

Subcarpathian Ruthenia

Zakarpattia Oblastg1944 / 1946 – 1991

Zakarpattia Oblasth1991–present


Czechoslovak government-in-exile

a ČSR; boundaries and government established by the 1920 constitution. b Annexed by Nazi Germany. c ČSR; included the autonomous regions of Slovakia
and Subcarpathian Ruthenia. d Annexed by Hungary (1939–1945).

e ČSR; declared a "people's democracy" (without a formal name change) under the Ninth-of-May Constitution following the 1948 coup. f ČSSR; from 1969, after the Prague
Spring, consisted of the Czech Socialist Republic
(ČSR) and Slovak Socialist Republic
(SSR). g Oblast of the Ukrainian SSR. h Oblast of Ukraine.

vteCountries of Eastern and Central Europe during their Communist period Albania Bulgaria Czechoslovakia East Germany Hungary Poland Romania NATO
of Socialist Federal Republic
of Yugoslavia

Soviet Russia / Soviet Union: 1917–27 1927–53 1953–64 1964–82 1982–91

Byelorussia Ukraine

Eastern Bloc Warsaw Pact
Warsaw Pact
of the Soviet Union Comecon

vteEastern BlocSoviet UnionCommunismFormation Secret Molotov–Ribbentrop Pact protocol Soviet invasion of Poland Soviet occupations Bessarabia and Northern Bukovina Baltic states Hungary Romania Yalta Conference Annexed as, orinto, SSRs Eastern Finland Estonia Latvia Lithuania Memel East Prussia West Belarus Western Ukraine Moldavia Satellite states Hungarian People's Republic Polish People's Republic Czechoslovak Socialist Republic Socialist Republic
of Romania German Democratic Republic People's Republic
of Albania (to 1961) People's Republic
of Bulgaria Federal People's Republic
of Yugoslavia (to 1948) Annexing SSRs Russian SFSR Ukrainian SSR Byelorussian SSR Organizations Cominform COMECON Warsaw Pact World Federation of Trade Unions
World Federation of Trade Unions
(WFTU) World Federation of Democratic Youth
World Federation of Democratic Youth
(WFDY) Revolts andopposition Welles Declaration Goryani
Movement Forest Brothers Ukrainian Insurgent Army Operation Jungle Baltic state continuity Baltic Legations (1940–1991) Cursed soldiers Rebellion of Cazin 1950 1953 uprising in Plzeň 1953 East German uprising 1956 Georgian demonstrations 1956 Poznań protests 1956 Hungarian Revolution Novocherkassk massacre 1965 Yerevan demonstrations Prague
Spring / Warsaw Pact
Warsaw Pact
invasion of Czechoslovakia Brezhnev Doctrine 1968 Red Square demonstration 1968 student demonstrations in Belgrade 1968 protests in Kosovo 1970 Polish protests Croatian Spring 1972 unrest in Lithuania
1972 unrest in Lithuania
SSR June 1976 protests Solidarity / Soviet reaction / Martial law 1981 protests in Kosovo Reagan Doctrine Jeltoqsan Karabakh movement April 9 tragedy Romanian Revolution Black January Cold War
Cold War
events Marshall Plan Berlin Blockade Tito–Stalin Split 1948 Czechoslovak coup d'état 1961 Berlin Wall
Berlin Wall
crisis Conditions Emigration and defection (list of defectors) Sovietization of the Baltic states Information dissemination Politics Economies Telephone tapping Decline Revolutions of 1989 Fall of the Berlin Wall Romanian Revolution Fall of communism in Albania Singing Revolution Collapse of the Soviet Union Dissolution of Czechoslovakia January 1991 events in Lithuania January 1991 events in Latvia Post- Cold War
Cold War
topics Baltic Assembly Collective Security Treaty Organization Commonwealth of Independent States Craiova Group European Union European migrant crisis Eurasian Economic Union NATO Post-Soviet states Shanghai Cooperation Organisation Visegrád Group

vte Socialism
by countryBy country Australia Bangladesh Canada Estonia France Greece Hong Kong India Iran Italy Netherlands New Zealand Pakistan Sri Lanka Tunisia United Kingdom United States Vietnam History Brazil United Kingdom United States Regional variants African Arab British Burmese Chinese Israeli Melanesian Nicaraguan Tanzanian Venezuelan Vietnamese CommuniststatesAfrica Angola Benin Congo-Brazzaville Ethiopia (1974–1987) Ethiopia (1987–1991) Madagascar Mozambique Somalia Americas Cuba Grenada Asia Afghanistan Cambodia (1975-1979) Cambodia (1979–1992) China North Korea Laos Mongolia Tuva Vietnam North Vietnam South Yemen Short-lived Gilan Iranian Azerbaijan Kurdish Republic
of Mahabad South Vietnam Soviet China

Europe Albania Bulgaria Czechoslovakia East Germany Hungary (1949–1989) Poland Romania Soviet Union Yugoslavia Short-lived Alsace-Lorraine Bavaria Bremen Finland Hungary (1919) Galicia Ireland Saxony Slovakia

History of socialism vteCzech Republic articlesHistory Unetice culture Boii Marcomanni Samo Great Moravia Přemyslid dynasty Lands of the Bohemian Crown Czech lands 1526–1648 1648–1867 1867–1918 Czechoslovakia Czech Republic Geography Czech lands Protected areas Regions Rivers Urban planning Politics Administrative divisions Constitution Elections Foreign relations Government Judiciary Law enforcement Legal system Military Parliament Political parties Economy Energy Koruna (currency) Oil and gas deposits Stock Exchange Tourism Transport Society Crime Demographics Education Healthcare Religion Culture Art Coat of arms Cuisine Czech language Flag Literature Music Nationalism Panelák
(architectural style) Philosophy Public holidays Sport Television World Heritage Sites .mw-parser-output .nobold font-weight:normal OutlineIndex Category Portal vteSlovakia articlesHistory List of rulers Pannonia Marcomannia Slavs Samo Great Moravia Nitra Balaton High Medieval Kingdom of Hungary Late Medieval Kingdom of Hungary Matthew III Csák Amadeus Aba Ottoman era Transylvania Royal Hungary Upper Hungary Imre Thököly Slovak Uprising Czechoslovakia Slovaks
in Czechoslovakia
(1918–38) Slovak Soviet Republic
(1919) Slovak Republic
(1939–45) National Uprising Slovaks
in Czechoslovakia
(1948–89) Slovak Socialist Republic
(1969–92) Dissolution

1997 referendum Language law Geography Carpathians Cities and towns Districts Islands Municipalities National parks Protected areas Regions Rivers Tourism regions Traditional regions Wildlife World Heritage Sites Politics Constitution Elections Foreign relations Government Human rights LGBT Law enforcement Military National Council (parliament) Political parties Economy Banks Central bank Energy Euro
(currency) Privatisation Stock exchange "Tatra Tiger" Telecommunications Tourism Transport Society Crime Demographics Slovaks list Hungarians Education Healthcare Language Public holidays Remembrance days Culture Anthem Cinema Coat of arms Cuisine Flag Literature Music Newspapers Religion Shepherd's axe Sport Radio Television Outline Category Portal Czech Republic
portal Slovakia
portal Soviet Union
Soviet Union
portalCommunism portal Coordinates: 50°05′N 14°28′E / 50.083°N 14.467°E