THE CZECHOSLOVAK NATIONAL DEMOCRATIC PARTY IN THE POLITICS OF THE SLOVAK NATIONAL PARTY, 1919 - 1932 (Ceskoslovenska narodnodemokraticka strana v politike Slovenskej narodnej strany v rokoch 1919 - 1932)
In inter-war Czechoslovakia, the relations of the Slovaks to Czech politics acquired a qualitatively new level. The autonomist Slovak National party (Slovenska narodna strana) was an example. In the period 1919-1932, the Czechoslovak National Democratic Party (Ceskoslovenska narodnodemokraticka strana) played the part of a potential ally in its politics. In questions of programme, they both declared the need to define Slovakia as a territorial unit, that is a demand for autonomy and the need to solve the Slovak question. They were divided by their attitude to the national identity of the Slovaks. The Slovak party spoke of the separate national identity of the Slovaks, while the Czech party supported Czechoslovak national unity. Their attempts to cooperate culminated in their joint participation in the 1929 parliamentary elections, and the participation of the Slovak National Party members in the parliamentary group of the Czech party, which broke up in 1932 as a result of deepening disputes.
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