Review by: James Cox, Midwest Book Review - May 1, 2003
Slovak History: Chronology & Lexicon
Dusan Skvarna, et al.
Slovak-American International Cultural Foundation
1000 Brown St, #102 Wauconda IL 60084
0865164444, $59.00, slovakculture.org
The collaborative effort of Dusan Skvarna, Julius Bartl, Viliam Cicaj, Maria Kohutova, Robert Letz, and Vladimir Seges, Slovak History: Chronology & Lexicon is a highly methodical presentation of Slovak history, ranging from primeval times to 2000 A.D., while highlighting and summarizing key historical events throughout the descending centuries. Also included is a concisely written and plainly presented lexicon of historical figures and terms key to Slovakia. Enhanced with appendices providing genealogies and leadership lists for ruling royal dynasties and republican regimes, Slovak History is a masterpiece of scholarship. Deftly translated into English by David Daniel and prepared for an American readership by English Language Editor Albert Devine, Slovak History is a tautly written reference excellent for basic research and quick lookup of facts.
Review by: James Cox, Midwest Book Review - April 1, 2003
1000 Brown St. #101 Wauconda IL 60084
Two unique and outstanding history coverages may not find use in every collection; but any collection with in-depth focus on Eastern Europe will find these essential editions. Particularly important is Slovak History: Chronology And Lexicon (086-5164444, $59.00), an important chronology of events which attempts to fill the gap in literature on Slovak history. The coverage records Slovak history chronologically up through 1998, then offers an encyclopedia dictionary with over three hundred entries outlining the important concepts and events of the region. Jan Chryzostom Cardinal Korec, S.J.'s Night Of The Barbarians: Memoirs Of The Communist Persecution Of The Slovak Cardinal (086-5165378, $24.95) provides the author's memoirs of the Communist persecution of the Slovak Cardinal. Cardinal Korec guided his Church and took a dangerous stand in the Czech republic, one which resulted in his imprisonment. This provides his personal observation of events which shaped Eastern Europe. Both are quite specific but powerful additions to any in-depth collection on the region.