Renaissance: The Rebirth of Liberty in the Heart of Europe (Google eBook)

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Cato Institute, 1997 - History - 177 pages
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Vaclav Klaus was appointed finance minister of Czechoslovakia in 1990, shortly after the demise of that country's communist government. Two years later he was named prime minister of the Czech Republic, & in that capacity he became one of the most effective spokesmen for classical liberal ideas in the world. This book brings together 29 essays & speeches by Klaus, all of which were originally written or delivered in English. Klaus discusses a number of issues, including what he believes were the most important steps toward restoring the rule of law & bringing prosperity to a region that had neither & how it was possible to achieve such radical change in a short period of time.
  

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This book publishes 29 of the Czech Prime Minister's English-language speeches, 19 of which have been published previously. Klaus (not to be confused with Czech President and dramatist Vaclav Havel ... Read full review

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Contents

Rebirth of a Region Central Europe Five Years after the Fall
3
The Interplay of Political and Economic Reform Measures in the Transformation of Postcommunist Countries
7
The Ends and the Beginnings University Studies and Systemic Change
13
Systemic Change The Delicate Mixture of Intentions and Spontaneity
17
The Role of Vision in the Transformation from Communism to Democratic Capitalism
25
The Czech Republic Between the Past and the Future
33
Transforming toward a Free Society
37
The Czech Experience
41
The NationState as a Building Block of European Integration
101
The Czech Republic and Its Integration into European Political Security and Economic Structures
105
Current Challenges and Conservative Solutions The Czech Perspective
109
The Quality of Life the Environment and Systemic Change
117
Konrad Adenauer and the Meaning of European Integration
119
The Czech Republic in the World
127
Partnership for Peace Speech
129
The Common Crisis Is There Any?
133

The Ten Commandments of Systemic Reform
43
The Ten Commandments of Systemic Reform Revisited
51
Economic Transformation of the Czech Republic The Challenges That Remain
59
Radical Economic Reforms in the Czech Republic
65
Privatization Experience The Czech Case
69
Creating a Stable Monetary Order
75
Adam Smiths Legacy and Economic Transformation
81
The Czech Republic in Europe
85
Notes on Europe
87
Europe Our Visions and Our Strategies
95
The Roles of Domestic and External Factors in the Integration of Former Communist Lands into the World Economy
137
Foreign Aid for a Postcommunist Country
143
Margaret Thatcher and the Czech Republic
147
The University of Chicago and I
151
Tolerance and Intolerance in Literature and Elsewhere
155
Review of Janos Kornais The Socialist System The Political Economy of Communism
163
Selected Bibliography of Works by Vaclav Klaus
171
Index
173
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Vaclav Klaus is the second President of the Czech Republic.

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