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Historical Background of Slovak-Austrian Relations
Historical Background of Slovak-Austrian Relations

Author(s): Zuzana Poláčková
Subject(s): Politics / Political Sciences
Published by: Research Center of the Slovak Foreign Policy Association (RC SFPA)

Summary/Abstract: The character and the form of Slovak and Austrian relations in the 20 century was, to considerable extent, determined by the situation on the international political scene. The end of World War I and the establishment of successor states after the break-up of the Austro-Hungarian Monarchy were an important milestone of mutual relation. World War II represented another turn with the subsequent emergence of bipolar Europe. Slovak-Austrian relations were also influenced by the events of 1968, Czechoslovak normalisation in the seventies and contacts of dissidents from the then Czechoslovak Socialist Republic with Austrian political representatives during this period. The change of regime in the communist states in 1989 marked a new stage in mutual relations. From the viewpoint of foreign policy, the year 1993 is relevant as well, since for the first time the Slovak-Austrian relations assumed the bilateral shape of relationship between two independent state entities.

  • Issue Year: II/2001
  • Issue No: 01
  • Page Range: 107-120
  • Page Count: 14
  • Language: English