At the Price of the Republic Hlinka's Slovak People's Party by James Ramon Felak

By James Ramon Felak

Slovak nationalist sentiment has been a relentless presence within the background of Czechoslovakia, coming to move within the torrent of nationalism that led to the dissolution of the Republic on January 1, 1993.  James Felak examines a parallel episode within the Thirties with Slovak nationalists completed autonomy for Slovakia-but “at the fee” of the lack of East vital Europe's simply parliamentary democracy and the strengthening of Nazi energy.     The tensions among Czechs and Slovaks date again to the production of Czechoslovakia in 1918. Slovaks, who differed sharply in political culture, social and financial improvement, and tradition, and resented being ruled by means of a centralized management run from the Czech capital of Prague, shaped the Slovak People's get together, led by way of Roman Catholic priest Ankrej Hlinka. Drawing seriously on Czech and Slovak data, Felak offers a balanced historical past of the social gathering, delivering remarkable perception into intraparty factionalism and behind-the-scenes maneuvering surrounding SSP's coverage judgements.  

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33 More wide-ranging repression ensued. 34 The deportations of Rai and Singh, however, suggested that a stance of loyalism would be appropriate. Even as a formal deputation of the Arya Samaj waited on the lieutenant governor, intelligence reports continued to bring news of HinduMuslim organisation. ” The use of itinerant lecturers and other religious preachers and the rapid increase in circulation of particularly “seditious” papers were noted: India of Gujranwala’s readership had grown from a few hundred to almost five thousand.

The use of itinerant lecturers and other religious preachers and the rapid increase in circulation of particularly “seditious” papers were noted: India of Gujranwala’s readership had grown from a few hundred to almost five thousand. ” But 21 CHANGING HOMELANDS the British were confident of the limits of this movement. 38 Zamindars were asked to continue agitating in areas where the Ordinance of 1907 did not apply. Punjabi leaders, including prominent women, raised funds for the defence of the convicted editors of the Hindustan and India newspapers, and to avenge the deportation of Lajpat Rai.

Despite evidence of multiple political identities, the British succeeded in emphasizing one such identity: that of belonging to a religious community. What did it actually mean to represent the entire community of Hindus or Muslims in British-controlled legislative arenas? The British posed the question to their trusted lieutenants in the field and they, in turn, courted native opinion. To trace the formation of a seemingly evident monochromatic political identity, we must pay attention to the framing of the question.

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