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In 1968, increasing dissatisfaction with the regime culminated in a reform movement known as the Prague Spring, which ended in a Soviet-led invasion.
Czechoslovakia remained occupied until the 1989 Velvet Revolution, when the communist regime collapsed and market economy was reintroduced.
It is a developed country The Czech Republic is a welfare state with a "continental" European social model, a universal health care system and tuition-free university education, it ranks as the 6th safest or most peaceful country and is one of the most non-religious countries in the world, The traditional English name "Bohemia" derives from Latin "Boiohaemum", which means "home of the Boii".
The current name comes from the endonym Čech, spelled "Cžech" until the orthographic reform in 1842.) and, according to legend, their leader Čech, who brought them to Bohemia, to settle on Říp Mountain.
In the 19th century, the Czech lands became the industrial powerhouse of the monarchy and were subsequently the core of the Republic of Czechoslovakia, which was formed in 1918 following the collapse of the Austro-Hungarian Empire after World War I.
Czechoslovakia remained the only democracy in this part of Europe in the interwar period.
The etymology of the word Čech can be traced back to the Proto-Slavic root *čel-, meaning "member of the people; kinsman", thus making it cognate to the Czech word člověk (a person).
The Protestant Bohemian Revolt (1618–20) against the Catholic Habsburgs led to the Thirty Years' War.
However, the Czech part of Czechoslovakia was occupied by Germany in World War II, and was liberated in 1945 by the armies of the Soviet Union and the United States.