Prague in Black: Nazi Rule and Czech Nationalism / Edition 1

Prague in Black: Nazi Rule and Czech Nationalism / Edition 1

by Chad Bryant
     
 

ISBN-10: 0674024516

ISBN-13: 9780674024519

Pub. Date: 04/15/2007

Publisher: Harvard University Press

In September 1938, the Munich Agreement delivered the Sudetenland to Germany. Six months later, Hitler's troops marched unopposed into Prague and established the Protectorate of Bohemia and Moravia—the first non-German territory to be occupied by Nazi Germany. Although Czechs outnumbered Germans thirty to one, Nazi leaders were determined to make the region

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Overview

In September 1938, the Munich Agreement delivered the Sudetenland to Germany. Six months later, Hitler's troops marched unopposed into Prague and established the Protectorate of Bohemia and Moravia—the first non-German territory to be occupied by Nazi Germany. Although Czechs outnumbered Germans thirty to one, Nazi leaders were determined to make the region entirely German.

Chad Bryant explores the origins and implementation of these plans as part of a wider history of Nazi rule and its consequences for the region. To make the Protectorate German, half the Czech population (and all Jews) would be expelled or killed, with the other half assimilated into a German national community with the correct racial and cultural composition. With the arrival of Reinhard Heydrich, Germanization measures accelerated. People faced mounting pressure from all sides. The Nazis required their subjects to act (and speak) German, while Czech patriots, and exiled leaders, pressed their countrymen to act as "good Czechs."

By destroying democratic institutions, harnessing the economy, redefining citizenship, murdering the Jews, and creating a climate of terror, the Nazi occupation set the stage for the postwar expulsion of Czechoslovakia's three million Germans and for the Communists' rise to power in 1948. The region, Bryant shows, became entirely Czech, but not before Nazi rulers and their postwar successors had changed forever what it meant to be Czech, or German.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780674024519
Publisher:
Harvard University Press
Publication date:
04/15/2007
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
384
Product dimensions:
6.50(w) x 9.30(h) x 1.40(d)

Table of Contents

A Note on Place Names

List of Illustrations

Introduction

1. A Hopelessly Mixed People

2. The Reich Way of Thinking

3. Plans to Make the Czechs German

4. Heydrich Imposes Racial Order

5. Surrounded by War, Living in Peace

6. All the Germans Must Go

Conclusion

A Glossary of Czech- and German-Language Place Names

Abbreviations

Notes

Archival Sources and Document Collections

Acknowledgments

Index

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