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     Resilience is that ineffable quality that allows some people to be knocked down by life and come back stronger than ever. Rather than letting failure overcome them and drain their resolve, they find a way to rise from the ashes. Psychologists have identified some of the factors that make someone resilient, among them a positive attitude, optimism, the ability to regulate emotions, and the ability to see failure as a form of helpful feedback. Even after misfortune, resilient people are blessed with such an outlook that they are able to change course and soldier on.

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    slovaks had to live a thousand years under hungarians and then 70 under communists, and we survived. We are pretty resilient in our own way. 




    slovaks had to live a thousand years under hungarians

    It wasn’t even a thousand and most Slovaks were proud Uhri during this period.

    and then 70 under communists

    70? Really?



    @”Kapitán Denis” Faschism communism same thing with a different face.  

    Maybe if u stare harder at that 1000 it will grow another 0, then we can argue about that. 



    @srdceleva 1989-1939=70?



    @Dušan He clearly said fascism, so you have to cout the period 1993-present. :D



    @Dušan @”Kapitán Denis” you guys have exposed my stupidity I’m ruined. I should have said 1000 years of fascism 



    Hmm, makes you wonder – is there a single Slavic nation which has never been ruled by a foreign power (or been subjected to it)?





    Czecho-Slovakia was democratic between 1945-1948. And of course there was little to no oppression in late 60’s, especially during Dubček’s Prague Spring in 1968-1969.



    @”Kapitán Denis” I like how you use the “-” even tough it’s not used in English, keep the Hyphen war going
    and how that played out for you guys? :D I know that you guys had elections after the war and all of that, but communists won didn’t they?



    @Dušan I use the hyphen to support the original idea of Czecho-Slovakia. That is a state of Czechs and Slovaks.
    The idea of Czechoslovkia, a single Czechoslovak nation and Czechoslovak language came shortly after the creation of the state, when they realized that minorities are so big and they have too much power.
    So Czechs and Slovaks joined into one entity and operated like that since then. :D 

    I know that you guys had elections after the war and all of that, but communists won didn’t they?

    Read the “Years” section.
    I’m on my phone now and I’ve typed too much already. :D



    @”Kapitán Denis” all of my knowledge of modern Slovak (and Czech) history comes from one book, Dejiny Slovenska, Dušan Kováč 1998 (which I have in Serbian, so it’s Istorija Slovačke :D ). It think it’s a good and pretty objective book. So I don’t have some extreme knowledge of it and to be honest I’m more interested in Yugoslav history than the Czecho-Slovak history, since my ancestors were involved in it. Anyway, communists had the majority the entire time and it took them three years to ban political opponents and destroy democracy. Is that correct?

    On the original comment, Slovak are resilient, but more importantly Slovaks are smart and rational for their own good. Multiple times in history Slovaks kept their cool and passed over some things for which our southern cousins would go berserk.



    @Dušan slovaks were too religious to support communism. It never had a majority support in slovakia. Czechs voted in favor of it and dragged slovaks along in with them. Ironically Czechs today hate russians while slovaks are neutral even though they are the ones who supported them. 

    slovaks voted 62% in favor of democracy in 1946 unlike czechs who voted majority in favor of communism



    The most important parts of the article:


    Beneš had compromised with the KSČ to avoid a postwar coup; he naïvely
    hoped that the democratic process would restore a more equitable
    distribution of power. Beneš had negotiated the Soviet alliance, but at
    the same time he hoped to establish Czechoslovakia as a “bridge” between
    East and West, capable of maintaining contacts with both sides. The KSČ
    leader Klement Gottwald, however, professed commitment to a “gradualist” approach, that is, to a KSČ assumption of power by democratic means.


    In the May 1946 election,
    the KSČ won in the Czech part of the country (40.17%), while the
    anti-Communist Democratic Party won in Slovakia (62%). In sum, however,
    the KSČ won a plurality of 38 percent of the vote at the Czechoslovak


    In July, the
    Czechoslovak government, with KSČ approval, accepted an AngloFrench invitation to attend preliminary discussions of the Marshall Plan. The Soviet Union responded immediately to the Czechoslovak move to continue the Western alliance: Stalin summoned Gottwald to Moscow.
    Upon his return to Prague, the KSČ reversed its decision. In
    subsequent months, the party demonstrated a significant radicalisation
    of its tactics.


    On 25 February, Beneš, perhaps fearing civil war and/or Soviet
    intervention, capitulated. He accepted the resignations of the dissident
    ministers and appointed a new cabinet from a list submitted by
    Gottwald. The new cabinet was dominated by Communists and pro-Soviet
    Social Democrats.

    Although there were still democratic parties, they had no power and commies seized all the power in the country.
    They continued to transform the country and in 1960 they introduced a new constitution, some new state symbols and renamed the country from “Czechoslovak Republic” to “Czechoslovak Socialist Republic”.

    I couldn’t make it any shorter.

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