Chapter 16: From velvet revolution to purple dissolution: dismantling of Czechoslovakia from above
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This chapter focuses on a particular type of secession - a dissolution of a two-part federation by a common agreement of its two composite states. The analysis of the dissolution of Czechoslovakia is put in political-historical perspective, unveiling the circumstances in which the unworking institutional arrangement was created and the roots of historical grievances between the two nations that led to the dissolution, starting with the creation of Czechoslovakia in 1918, the breakup of the common state in 1939, its postwar reunification, the creation of the federal state in 1969 under the communist dictatorship, and the aftermath of the 1989 revolution. It investigates the motives of the state elites and their constitutional thinking that led to the demise of the common state. Subsequently, the chapter investigates the international law aspects of the disintegration of Czechoslovakia in detail, including the type of origins of the states and the succession to treaties, membership in international organisations and the division of property between the new states.

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