of a host of small land-bound countries
in Central Europe, the Czech Republic
was once part of a larger country called
Czechoslovakia. The Czech Republic borders
Poland to the north, Germany to the northwest
and west, and Austria to the south. Like
many countries in central Europe, people
who are on side of Europe and look to
rule the other side of Europe have to
go thought the Czech Republic first. This
means war, famine, and being occupied
for many years.
The Czech peoples first defined themselves
as a nation-state in the 9th Century.
The area was rife with war during this
medieval period, with conflicts starting
over subjects ranging from religion to
border disputes. This would continue until
the Austria-Hungarian Empire took over
in the 19th century. When the Austo-Hungarians
left the Czech peoples joined forces with
Slovakia to became Czechoslovakia. The
Munich Agreement in 1938 gave Czechoslovakia
to Nazi Germany, and the occupation started
all over again. War raged once more, and
after the smoke cleared the Czech peoples
spent another 50 years behind the Iron
Curtain. This ended in 1990 when the curtain
was drawn back, and Czechoslovakia split
once again into its component parts, forming
the modern day Czech Republic. The Czech
Republic joined NATO in 1999 and the European
Union in 2004.
Czech people are very proud of their history
and their culture. During the days when
the USSR ruled, Czech’s who could
leave took their families and emigrated
all over the world. They moved to places
as far away North America and set up communities
wherever they decided to put down roots.
They are some of the most stalwart and
noble people on earth, and one can only
imagine how this was affected by generation
upon generation of war.
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