Czechoslovakia: A Survey of Economic and Social Conditions

Czechoslovakia: A Survey of Economic and Social Conditions

Czechoslovakia: A Survey of Economic and Social Conditions

Czechoslovakia: A Survey of Economic and Social Conditions

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The political upheaval of October 28, 1918, through which Czechoslovakia was established as an independent State, may not mark the inauguration of a new era in the economic and social life of the country, yet an important beginning has been made toward a readjustment of the war conditions in conformity with the new political state of affairs After the establishment of the Czechoslovak Republic the effect of the abnormal conditions prevailing during the war was felt in an increased measure, especially in wages, prices, and general social conditions. The misery and exhaustion of the masses, the weakened ties of morality on the one hand, and the increased materialism on the other, all these prepared the ground for the revolutionary ideas which had been preached at various periods in the neighboring countries of Russia, Hungary, Germany and Austria. Thanks to the sound common sense of Czech workmen and to their nationalist feeling, the communist agitators have not succeeded in winning the Czech workmen for their extreme demands, or at least not to the same extent as in the neighboring countries. The influence of the . . .

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