doi:10.3849/1802-7199

Irredentism: Traditional and New Dimension of Threat for the Czech Republic

Miroslav MAREŠ

This article deals with the threat of irredentism for the Czech Republic, mostly from the comparative historical perspective. It analyses contemporary situation and possible future development of territorial claims in relation to the Czech Republic. It defines the term irredentism and its dimensions. The irredentist threats for the Czech Republic in the first half of the 20 century are described. Contemporary threats are conceptualized (new dimension of traditional threats with direct connection to the Czech territory, new dimension of traditional threats in regional security environment and new forms of irredentist threats). Author comes to conclusion that the substance of irredentist threat has been changed – from “hard security” threat to “weak security” threat, however, in the future can be the risk potential of some forms of irredentism again higher than today.

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Keywords
Irredentism, Czech Republic, East Central Europe, threats, extremism, paramilitary units.


Title in English:

Irredentism: Traditional and New Dimension of Threat for the Czech Republic

Title in Czech/Slovak:

Iredentismus: tradiční a nová dimenze hrozby pro Českou republiku

Author(s):

Miroslav MAREŠ

Type:

Article

Language:

Czech

Abstract:

English / Czech

Journal:

Obrana a strategie (Defence & Strategy)

Publisher:

University of Defence

ISSN:

ISSN 1214-6463 (print) and ISSN 1802-7199 (on-line)

DOI:

10.3849/1802-7199.10.2010.02.101-119

Issue:

Volume 10, Number 2 (December 2010)

Pages:

101-119

Received: 14 October 2010

Accepted: 22 October 2010

Published online: 15 December 2010


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