Domovský přístav Praha: Československá námořní plavba v letech 1948 až 1989
[Home port – Prague: Czechoslovak high seas navigation between 1948 and 1989]
paperback, 330 pp., 1. edition
published: november 2016
recommended price: 390 czk
This book, based on numerous previously unpublished archived documents, offers an overview of the establishment and development of high seas navigation in the now non-existent Czechoslovakia and on the operation of the Czechoslovak Sea Navigation, an independent company, between 1948 and 1989. The theme is approached from many different angles, including an analysis of economic results, cooperation with the People’s Republic of China, the events of 1968 and their effects on high seas navigation, the "Normalization” period of the 1970s and 80s and activities of the State Police in this sector. It of course contains information on the hierarchy of ships, and covers the everyday life of sailors, including travel, emigration, smuggling and difficulties arising from the conflict between work and family life. This fascinating text is illustrated by photographs.