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“At the Price of the Republic”
Hlinka’s Slovak People’s Party, 1929–1938
Felak, James Ramon
Slovak nationalist sentiment has been a constant presence in the history of Czechoslovakia, coming to head in the torrent of nationalism that resulted in the dissolution of the Republic on January 1, 1993. James Felak examines a parallel episode in the 1930s with Slovak nationalists achieved autonomy for Slovakia-but “at the price” of the loss of East Central Europe's only parliamentary democracy and the strengthening of Nazi power.

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James Ramon Felak is associate professor of history at the University of Washington.
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Slovak nationalist sentiment has been a constant presence in the history of Czechoslovakia, coming to head in the torrent of nationalism that resulted in the dissolution of the Republic on January 1, 1993. James Felak examines a parallel episode in the 1930s with Slovak nationalists achieved autonomy for Slovakia-but “at the price” of the loss of East Central Europe's only parliamentary democracy and the strengthening of Nazi power. The tensions between Czechs and Slovaks date back to the creation of Czechoslovakia in 1918. Slovaks, who differed sharply in political tradition, social and economic development, and culture, and resented being governed by a centralized administration run from the Czech capital of Prague, formed the Slovak People's Party, led by Roman Catholic priest Ankrej Hlinka. Drawing heavily on Czech and Slovak archives, Felak provides a balanced history of the party, offering unprecedented insight into intraparty factionalism and behind-the-scenes maneuvering surrounding SSP's policy decisions. James R. Felak is associate professor of history at the University of Washington.
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“Felak's book is well researched, well organized, and well argued. Any failings of this work simply point the way for further investigation of the Slovak People's party and of interwar Slovak politics in general. Those who follow Felak's lead have a high standard to live up to.”—Nationalities Papers

“A finely textured analysis . . . of the movement's objectives and tribulations and a larger political framework in which to interpret them.”—Carol Skalnik Leff

“Felak’s readable style is unburdened by academic jargon and enlivened by the occasional colloquialism.” —The Catholic Historical Review

“Well-written and comprehensive. Perhaps his greatest contribution is that he laid to rest the oft-repeated Slovak complaint that president Benes arranged for Tiso’s death. Instead, as Felak convincingly shows, it was the incompetence of the Luthera-dominated executive of the Board of Commissioners which was most responsible.”—Slovakia

“A readable and informative account that brings to life the conflicts of the time.”—American Historical Review


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