Czech Republic

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Gareth Stevens, 2004 - Juvenile Nonfiction - 96 pages
From familiar neighbors to distant parts of the globe, this engaging series offers readers a close-up look at countries around the world. Vivid color photographs enhance up-to-date information on each country's geography, history, system of government, lifestyle, language, art, food, and more. An intriguing section of special features provides a window into each country's unique customs as well as its current issues. Each volume details its country's current and historical relations with the United States and Canada, emphasizing the rich sharing of cultures that helps define today's global society. Also included in each volume is a black and white classroom map, easy to photocopy for classroom activities. Once part of communist Czechoslovakia, the Czech Republic has endured years of foreign occupation and cultural oppression. This book investigates the age-old traditions behind one of the world's youngest countries and celebrates the spirit of freedom that inspires its people.
 

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Contents

AN OVERVIEW OF THE CZECH REPUBLIC
5
Geography
6
History
10
Government and the Economy
16
People and Lifestyle
20
Language and Literature
28
Arts
30
Leisure and Festivals
34
Kafkas Giant Insect
58
Marionettes
60
Not Just Any Castle
62
The PrincessNun
64
The Surefooted Chamois
66
Tennis Legend Martina Navratilova
68
Traditional Costumes
70
Vaclav Havel Playwright to President
72

Food
40
A CLOSER LOOK AT THE CZECH REPUBLIC
43
Acid Rain
44
The Angry Vltava
46
Bohemian Crystal and Glass
48
The Children of Terezin
50
Czech Beliefs and Superstitions
52
The Festival of the FivePetaled Rose
54
Good King Wenceslas
56
RELATIONS WITH NORTH AMERICA
75
Fullcolor
86
Blackandwhite reproducible
88
Czech Republic at a Glance
90
Glossary
92
Books Videos Web Sites
94
Index
95
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