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Chapter 12: Education for Citizenship and Democracy: The Case of the Czech Republic
The Czech Republic, a country of 10 million inhabitants, makes an intriguing case for the study of democratic citizenship. Positioned in the center of Europe, the Czechs repeatedly found themselves involved at the very beginning of significant world conflicts. Still, their most cherished heroes personify valors of humanism and education and they have, even under adverse circumstances, strived for nonviolence and democracy (recent achievements include a democratic Velvet Revolution of 1989 and the Velvet Divorce from the Slovaks in 1992).
The lives of most Czech citizens were rather turbulent. Their socialization reflected dramatic times. The oldest generation had to adapt and almost permanently resocialize to ...