The Search for Europe: Czechs Drawn to Two Traditions

The Search for Europe: Czechs Drawn to Two Traditions

There is no more Czechoslovakia, nor is there likely to be one in the foreseeable future. The governments of the two rump states, the Czech Republic and the Slovak Republic, do not like to be reminded that there ever was a Czechoslovakia. We’re on our way to Europe, so why revive old memories?

Indirectly, the guru of the Paris National Institute for Demographic Research, Emmanuel Todd, has offered an answer. Ten years ago, he made his reputation by predicting with clinical precision that the Soviet Union would soon disintegrate. Recently, in an interview with Newsweek (January 29, 1996), he spoke of the Europe that the Czech government is so eager to join.

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