and Devolution - Strasbourg and Slovakia
video program features two case studies on Europe: Strasbourg:
Symbol of a United Europe and Slovakia:
Symbol of a United Europe focuses on the coexistence
of French and German cultures in the city of Strasbourg,
France. This peaceful and prospering community remains
an important symbol of the new European unity.
city has been influenced primarily by French and German
cultures, and its landscape and architecture have recorded
the periodic dominance of one or the other. Today, people
from France and Germany cross the Rhine River without
border controls, work in industries and services throughout
the border region, and may even own land in both countries.
These freedoms have not always existed. Interviews with
local residents reveal that border procedures, migration
patterns, and land ownership regulations were previously
the norm. The recent transformation and relaxation of
political territorial control in this part of the continent
is an example of the new unification of Europe.
to this case study include a new map series showing
the development of the European Union, further discussion
of Strasbourg's function as a seat of the European Union,
and interviews with geographer Dr. Alexander Murphy.
New Sovereignty, the second case study featured
in the video, discusses the birth of Slovakia and the
Czech Republic and the problematic transition from the
old Czechoslovakia to these two new states. The young
political state of Slovakia was created in January 1993,
after the breakup of the old Czechoslovakian Federation.
Located northeast of Austria and north of Hungary, this
area has a long frontier history on the edge of Western
decision by both governments to separate remains controversial.
Some believe the separation was a Czech political decision.
This case study focuses on continuing border disputes,
ethnic tensions within Slovakia, and how Slovakia's
eastern location affects its economic development and
integration with Western Europe.
include further information on the conflict surrounding
the Gabcikovo Dam project and interviews with Dr. George
White, co-author of the series coordinated text, Contemporary
World Regional Geography.