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Learn about Slovak history through stories of interesting people and places. 

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In this old postcard, a monument commemorates a bloody battle between Hungary and Austria, in which Slovaks took part in 1849.
A battle between Hungary and Austria took place on Slovak soil in 1849, with Slovaks on both sides. By Branislav Chovan15. Mar 2023, at 9:41
A 1989 protest gathering in Bratislava.
Less than half see end of communist regime in positive light, new poll shows. 10. Nov 2022, at 17:30
Remains of five Czechoslovak pilots found in Netherlands last year will be buried in the country.
Five Czechoslovak pilots' bodies were found in the Netherlands. 22. Jun 2022, at 18:15
Ján Figeľ receives the highest state award for Púčik, Tunega and Tesár from President Zuzana Čaputová.
Three men were executed for espionage by Communist courts, but their full story shows their loyalty to Nazi-allied Slovak state. Peter Getting23. May 2022, at 20:08
Chief Justice of the United States Supreme Court, John Glover Roberts Jr, during the inauguration of President Joe Biden.
John Roberts' great-grandparents were from the eastern region of Spiš. 4. Feb 2021, at 11:58
Wooden churches have made it to the UNESCO World Heritage List. This one, from the village of Mikulášová, is now located in the Bardejovské Kúpele open-air museum.
Of more than 300 wooden churches, only 60 remain, mostly in eastern Slovakia. Check the complete list and an interactive map. 23. Jul 2020, at 7:34
Bratislava: Chatam Sófer Memorial
Where exactly are Slovakia's Jewish cemeteries, synagogues and other related sights located? What is the story of Slovak Jews? Carmen Virágová9. Jul 2020, at 16:11
Has the country survived the abductions of the state, the inoculation of Mečiar, Fico governments and the Kočner underworld without harm to democracy? 17. Nov 2019, at 18:46
Guimond regularly attended demonstrations in Prague. This one took place in January 1989.
A Canadian diplomat thinks back to his time in Czechoslovakia during the Velvet Revolution. 11. Nov 2019, at 19:19
Michal Kšiňan got his doctorate degree at the University of Sorbonne in Paris and a the Institute of History of the Academy of Slovak Sciences in Bratislava, where he works today. He studies the life of general Milan Rastislav Štefánik.
The story of Milan Rastislav Štefánik, both a French general and Minister of War for Czechoslovakia at the same time, has been hidden, twisted, and romanticised at turns. What is the real story? Zuzana Kepplová3. May 2019, at 12:09
Jan Palach
The death of Ján Palach inspired protests that led to the overthrow of the communist regime. 16. Jan 2019, at 18:26
Beckov Castle.
An exotic animal as a symbol of a Slovak village might simply be – a mistake. 29. Nov 2018, at 15:24
Czech and Slovak presidents laid wreaths July 29 at T.G. Masaryk’s monument in Hodonín.
The one-off holiday is pathetic, it betrays the ever-present Slovak separatism, says political scientist. 25. Oct 2018, at 17:45
The Czech and Slovak presidents rode on a vintage train to mark the centenary of Czechoslovakia on July 29.
The presidents also visited sights connected to the first president of Czechoslovakia,Tomáš Garrique Masaryk, to commemorate the centenary. 30. Jul 2018, at 13:19
Presidential train arrives in Bratislava, July 3
The special project to mark the centenary of the founding of Czechoslovakia arrived in Bratislava on July 3rd. 3. Jul 2018, at 22:46
Dedina Mládeže
Dedina Mládeže (The Youth Village) was a mere experiment during the communist era. Now, the still inhabited village has morphed into an open-air museum. Mário Šmýkal16. Jun 2018, at 17:39
The Museum of the Slovak National Uprising in Banská Bystrica.
Czechs and Slovaks have rated the key events in domestic modern history, picking a wartime uprising, an anti-communist revolt and the rise of independent Slovakia. They also ranked top important personalities. 12. Jun 2018, at 13:51
Candle Manifestation, Bratislava, March 1988
Thirty years ago, thousands of people stood on the square, holding candles and praying. But the police brutally beat them and used water cannons against them. Ela Rybárová and 1 more25. Mar 2018, at 9:28
Demonstration in Prague, Wenceslas' Square, on February 28, 1948.
On February 25, Czechs and Slovaks mark 70 years since the rise of Communism in their common state. Historian Jan Pešek talks about the coup and its aftermath. 23. Feb 2018, at 16:45
Prime Minister Klement Gottwald (right) swears an oath into the hands of President Edvard Benes on February 27, 1948 at the Prague Castle.
For the 40 years, Czechs and Slovaks would celebrate February 25 as Victorious February, even though the enthusiasm of most of those who supported Communists in 1948 would very quickly evaporate. 23. Feb 2018, at 16:45
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