Czech: Pravda vítězí
("Truth prevails"; 1918-1989)
Latin: Veritas Vincit
("Truth prevails"; 1989-1992)
Kde domov můj and Nad Tatrou sa blýska
|•||1935-1938, 1945-1948||Eduard Beneš|
|•||Independence from Austria-Hungary||28 October 1918|
|•||Dissolution of Czechoslovakia||31 December 1992|
|•||1993||127,900 km2 (49,400 sq mi)|
|Density||122/km2 (316/sq mi)|
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.
Official names[change | change source]
- 1918–1920: Republic of Czechoslovakia (abbreviated RČS)/Czecho-Slovak State, or Czecho-Slovakia/Czechoslovakia
- 1920–1938: Czechoslovak Republic (ČSR), or Czechoslovakia
- 1938–1939: Czecho-Slovak Republic, or Czecho-Slovakia
- 1945–1960: Czechoslovak Republic (ČSR), or Czechoslovakia
- 1960–1990: Czechoslovak Socialist Republic (ČSSR), or Czechoslovakia
- April 1990: Czechoslovak Federative Republic (Czech version) and Czecho-Slovak Federative Republic (Slovak version)
- The country subsequently became the Czech and Slovak Federative Republic, ČSFR, or Československo (Czech version) and Česko-Slovensko (Slovak version).