Czechoslovakia between Stalin and Hitler: The Diplomacy of Edvard Benes in the 1930s

Czechoslovakia between Stalin and Hitler: The Diplomacy of Edvard Benes in the 1930s

by Igor Lukes
     
 

The Munich crisis of 1938, in which Great Britain and France decided to appease Hitler's demands to annex the Sudentenland, has provoked a vast amount of historical writing. But historians have had, until now, only a vague understanding of the roles played by the Soviet Union and by Czechoslovakia, the country whose very existence was at the center of the crisis.

Overview

The Munich crisis of 1938, in which Great Britain and France decided to appease Hitler's demands to annex the Sudentenland, has provoked a vast amount of historical writing. But historians have had, until now, only a vague understanding of the roles played by the Soviet Union and by Czechoslovakia, the country whose very existence was at the center of the crisis.

In Czechoslovakia Between Stalin and Hitler, Igor Lukes explores this turbulent and tragic era from the new perspective of the Prague government itself. At the center of this study is Edvard Benes, a Czechoslovak foreign policy strategist and a major player in the political machinations of the era. The work analyzes the Prague Government's attempts to secure the existence of the Republic of Czechoslovakia in the treacherous space between the millstones of the East and West. It studies Benes's relationship with Joseph Stalin, outlines the role assigned to Czechoslovak communists by the VIIth Congress of the Communist International in 1935, and dissects Prague's secret negotiations with Berlin and Benes's role in the famous Tukhachevsky affair. Using secret archives in both Prague and Russia, this work is an accurate and original rendition of the events that sparked the Second World War.

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"The literature on the crisis leading to the Munich agreement of 1938 is immense. This book by Igor lukes is a useful addition primarily because of the author's extensive use of archives in Prague, including some hitherto either closed to research, utilized only by selected scholars adhering to the Communist Party line, or not considered at all. Lukes has combed them all with care."—American Historical Review

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780195102666
Publisher:
Oxford University Press, USA
Publication date:
05/28/1996
Pages:
352
Product dimensions:
6.38(w) x 9.50(h) x 1.11(d)

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