Zákon na ochranu republiky a doprovodné zákony v meziválečné éře / The Protection of the Republic Act and accompanying laws in the interwar era
This study looks at the introduction of the Protection of the Republic Act in 1923. This act was introduced in response to problems in the nascent First Republic democracy expressed , amongst other ways, in the assassination of Finance Minister, Alois Rašín. The final section then looks at separate amendments during the 1930s, with the amendments to this Act being a response to the emerging Nazi regime in neighbouring Germany. The study also looks at Czechoslovak society’s response to these changes, looking in particular at whether the legislation led to a boosting of democracy, or rather to its restriction, as critics of the Protection of the Republic Act claimed.