History of Minority Rights and Language in the Czech Republic

by Mary Betz

Both the position and composition of minorities in Czech society have fluctuated greatly in the past hundred years. The Czech region formerly included a wide range of ethnic groups, but today is much less diverse. The changes in the past century can be divided into major time periods including the Habsburg Era, World War I and II, the communist takeover, and the transformation to democracy. During each of these time periods, the composition and rights of these minority groups and their languages have varied immensely. (click below to download the paper)

History of Minority Rights and Language in the Czech Republic

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