- Based on the remains of hearths and hewn stones, archaeologists have dated the first primeval man on the territory of Slovakia to approximately 200,000 BCE. However the two most precious primeval findings are substantially younger.
- During the era of the migration of nations, significant changes in ethnic settlement and civilisation took place in the Carpathian valley.
- Following the fall of Great Moravia, the nomadic Magyars became the new power in Europe.
- At the beginning of the 16th century, Hungary and all of Central Europe began to lag behind Western Europe. Feudalism gained strength and the towns began to stagnate.
At the end of the 18th century the Habsburgs rejected the Enlightenment and reforms. The radicalism of the French revolution, which found support especially in the secret and unsuccessful movement of the Hungarian Jacobins, indirectly contributed to this.
During the 19th century, the population, especially in the mountain areas, grew faster than industrial and economic modernisation.
In 1938 the Sudetenland was allocated to Germany by the Munich Dictat, the Vienna Arbitrage allocated the southern parts of Slovakia to Hungary, Poland claimed smaller parts of northern Slovakia, and Slovakia and Sub-Carpathian Ukraine acquired autonomy in a delimited Czechoslovakia.
After 1945, politicians and members of the resistance returned from overseas, while groups o
- After the fall of the communist government in 1989, the political and institutional bases of