Slovenia: Evolving Loyalties

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Routledge, 2005 - History - 215 pages
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Over the past century Slovenia has rapidly developed from being a collection of provinces in the southern part of the Habsburg Empire, to a republic within Yugoslavia, to establishing itself as an independent state and becoming a member of the European Union.

This scholarly work provides a concise introduction to contemporary Slovenia, offering an overview of Slovenia's historical background and intellectual history, and detailed analyses the major political, economic and cultural developments since 1991. Portraying Slovenia as a distinctive state that paradoxically resist cultural homogenization, while moving beyond the national and towards Europe, John Coxexamines this unique Eastern European nation as an extremely successful example of post-communist transition and focuses on:

The establishment of national sovereignty after splitting off from Yugoslavia and the country's recognition by the international community in 1992
Politically democratization and the creation of a highly successful market economy in Slovenia
Slovenia's accession to both NATO and the EU in 2004
The gradual development of a national program and the development of a sense of national identity and self-confidence amongst the Slovene people

This up-to-date text will be of particular interest to students of East Central Europe, Modern European History and post-communist democratization.

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John C. Cox is Associate Professor and Director of the campus-wide honors program at Wheeling Jesuit University. He took his Ph.D from Indiana University in 1995 and is the author of The History of Serbia (Greenwood 2002). He had also written articles and essays on nationalism, fascism and Yugoslav communism, numerous book reviews on the breakup of Yugoslavia. His current research interests include literary translation and the life and works of the Albanian writer Ismail Kadare.

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