Czechoslovakia is unique among the post-communist states of Central and Eastern Europe in its parliamentary-democratic heritage. The First Republic of the inter-war years remains source of national pride and self-confidance. As Edward Taborsky, who was personal secretary to President Edward Benes, wrote in 1945 when the country was just re-emerging from the trauma of the Second World War:

If it is true that the supreme test of successful government lies in its practical achievements, then Czechoslovak parliamentary democracy has passed the test with flying colours. It is indeed considered to be one of the best developed in the world by those foreign students of government who have given it a close and objective study.1


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