chapter  4
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From totality to pluralistic democracy: a sociologist and sociology in the course of social change in Slovakia

Discovering sociology If I want to talk about my life course over the last 60 years, I must first go back 60 years before my birth. Only now do I realize how deeply my present is engrained in the past, of my parents, and even of my grandparents. Everything started in Austro-Hungary, continued in Czechoslovakia (1918-39), then the Slovak Republic (1939-45), the once-again cobbled together Czechoslovakia (1945-93), and finally the current Slovak Republic, which was incorporated into the European Union in 2004.