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A journey from declaring principles of democracy to their real fulfillment in a society is a long-distance run. To evaluate its success or failure can be possible only after decades or even a longer time. Interwar Czechoslovakia, called "the island of democracy", was with its twenty years long existence an inspirational example of such a journey. In comparison with its neighbours, Czechoslovakia indeed was the island of democracy. However, application of democratic as well as republican ideas in a life of the society ran into problems as any other creative effort due to various internal as well as international political causes. If we divide an extensive topic of a relationship between democracy-society-politics, we can encounter some partial questions. How were Slovak citizens getting used to the regime of parliamentary democracy and to establishing of a civil society? What was signaled by significant changes in autumn 1938 as far as the state of democracy was concerned? A current issue of Forum Historiae brings incentives for reflecting these and also other questions connected with the selected topic. 

Forum Historiae 1/2010: Democracy, Society and Politics in Interwar Slovakia
Zostavovatelia: Jaroslava Roguľová
Preklady do angličtiny: Matej Hanula
Obrázok na titulnej strane: Ján Halaša, Vysoká politika (1942)
Grafická úprava: Juraj Benko
Autori: Valerián Bystrický, Ľudovít Hallon, Matej Hanula, Ľubica Kázmerová, Vladimír Krivý, Michal Kšiňan, Linda Osyková, Jaroslava Roguľová, Milan Zemko
© HistorickÝ Ústav Slovenskej akadÉmie vied 2010