Check out these facts about the Czech Republic
- The following is a high-level historical overview of The Czech Republic.
- Following World War I, the closely related Czechs and Slovaks of the former Austro-Hungarian Empire merged to form Czechoslovakia.
- Between World War I & World War II, Czechoslovakia’s leaders were frequently preoccupied with meeting the demands of other ethnic minorities within the republic, most notably the Sudeten Germans and the Ruthenians (Ukrainians).
- After World War II, a truncated Czechoslovakia fell within the Soviet sphere of influence.
- In 1968, an invasion by Warsaw Pact troops ended the efforts of the Czechoslovakia’s leaders to liberalize Communist party rule and create "socialism with a human face."
- Anti-Soviet demonstrations in 1969 ushered in a period of harsh repression.
- With the collapse of Soviet authority in 1989, Czechoslovakia regained its freedom through a peaceful "Velvet Revolution."
- On 1 January 1993, the Czechoslovakia underwent a "velvet divorce" into its two national components, the Czech Republic and Slovakia.
- The Czech Republic joined NATO in 1999 and the European Union in 2004.