The Runciman Mission to Czechoslovakia 1938: Prelude to Munich

The Runciman Mission to Czechoslovakia 1938: Prelude to Munich

by P. Vysny


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Lord Runciman's mediation in Central Europe provides a sharp insight into British policy on the eve of the Second World War. Without clear objectives - other than to avoid war - his mission did little more than pressure Czechoslovakia for concessions. Runciman was manipulated into that position by Sudeten German separatists and also by those in Britain who sought to secure a rapprochement with Germany. The Mission's pursuit of that objective led directly to Chamberlain's fateful flying visits to Hitler.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780333731369
Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan UK
Publication date: 04/30/2003
Edition description: 2003
Pages: 376
Product dimensions: 5.51(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.04(d)

About the Author

PAUL VYSNY is Senior Lecturer in Modern History at the University of St Andrews. He is author of Neo-Slavism and the Czechs, 1898-1914

Table of Contents

Maps Preface A Quarrel in a Far-Away Country Avoiding a Commitment Seeking a Solution Choosing a Mediator Deadlock in Prague The Mission Takes Shape Adrift in Central Europe A Glimmer of Hope Anxiety in London Mounting Despair Turning the Screw The Last Resort The Collapse of Mediation The Reckoning Conclusion Appendix 1: The Runciman Report Appendix 2: Ashton-Gwatkin's Parodies Bibliography Index

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