chapter  5
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Identities

CHAPTER 5 Identities Bettina van Hoven

To help you develop an image of the countries discussed in this book, you will be asked to find relevant facts or statistics at the beginning of each chapter and compare these with the situation in your own country. We recommend that you prepare a spreadsheet file as shown below, which can be expanded by adding a new worksheet for every chapter. In most chapters, you will be asked to find data from the ‘mid 1980s’ and ‘recent’, meaning the most recent data you can find. In Germany and the former Czechoslovakia, political changes led to a redrawing of these national territories: the Federal Republic of Germany (FRG) and the German Democratic Republic (GDR) were unified in 1990, whilst Czechoslovakia was split into the Czech Republic and the Slovak Republic. Keep this in mind as you draw conclusions from your findings. You may also wish to add countries not represented in this book, for example the Baltic or Balkan States, to get a better notion of the extent and variety of transition experiences.