Chapters: Ostrava, enov, Klimkovice, Vaclavovice, Vratimov. Source: Wikipedia. Pages: 29. Not illustrated. Free updates online. Purchase includes a free trial membership in the publishers book club where you can select from more than a million booksMoreChapters: Ostrava, enov, Klimkovice, Vaclavovice, Vratimov.
Source: Wikipedia. Pages: 29. Not illustrated. Free updates online. Purchase includes a free trial membership in the publishers book club where you can select from more than a million books without charge. Excerpt: Ostrava - Ostrava was an important crossroads of prehistoric trading routes, namely the Amber Road. Archaeological finds have proved that the area around Ostrava has been permanently inhabited for 25,000 years. The town itself was founded in 1267. Until the late 18th century, Ostrava was a small provincial town with a population around one thousand inhabitants engaged in handicraft.
In 1763, large deposits of black coal were discovered, leading to an industrial boom and a flood of new immigrants in the following centuries. During the 19th century, several mine towers were raised in and around the city and the first steel works were established. Industrial growth was made possible by the completion of Kaiser-Ferdinands-Nordbahn from Vienna in 1847. The 20th century saw further industrial expansion of the city accompanied by an increase in population and the quality of civic services and culture.
However, during World War II, Ostrava - as an important source of steel for the arms industry - suffered several massive bombing campaigns that caused extensive damage to the city. Since the Velvet revolution in 1989 the city has been going through major changes. A thorough restructuring of industry is taking place - coal mining in the area of the city was stopped in 1994 and a large part of the Vitkovice ironworks near the city center was closed down in 1998.
Both actions improved the environment dramatically, although the Arcelor Mittal plant (ex-Nova Hu) continues to heavily pollute the Radvanice district and the surrounding area, resulting in one of the highest concentrations of PM10 dust in Europe. Ostrava is located in the north-eastern area of the Czech R...More: http: //booksllc.net/?id=464078