Battle for the castle : the myth of Czechoslovakia in by Andrea Orzoff

By Andrea Orzoff

Advent: The golden republic -- delusion and wartime -- The citadel -- Battles of the legend makers -- problems out of the country -- A time of iron and fireplace -- Epilogue

Show description

Read or Download Battle for the castle : the myth of Czechoslovakia in Europe, 1914-1948 PDF

Best russian & former soviet union books

Over the Wall After the Fall: Post-Communist Cultures Through an East-West Gaze

". .. a sizzling topic in modern-day scholarship. .. and a groundbreaking undertaking of important importance to the sector of cultural experiences at either 'western' and 'eastern' geographical destinations. " -- Elwira GrossmanOver the Wall/After the autumn maps a brand new discourse at the evolution of cultural existence in japanese Europe following the top of communism.

Russia's Stillborn Democracy?: From Gorbachev to Yeltsin

This can be the examine of the failure of democracy in Russia after the cave in of the USSR. It lines the origins of that failure into the Soviet interval, and exhibits how Russian political elites equipped a procedure which used to be extra approximately maximizing their very own strength than commencing the approach as much as well known keep an eye on.

Cold War Endgame: Oral History, Analysis, Debates

Chilly conflict Endgame is the made from an strange collaborative attempt via policymakers and students to advertise greater figuring out of the way the chilly conflict ended. It contains the transcript of a convention, hosted by means of former Secretary of nation James Baker and previous Soviet international Minister Alexander Bessmertnykh, during which high-level veterans of the Bush and Gorbachev governments shared their memories and interpretations of the an important occasions of 1989-91: the revolutions in jap Europe; the reunification of Germany; the Persian Gulf conflict; the August 1991 coup; and the cave in of the USSR.

Freedom's Ordeal: The Struggle for Human Rights and Democracy in Post-Soviet States

Fifteen international locations have emerged from the cave in of the Soviet Union. Freedom's Ordeal recounts the struggles of those newly autonomous countries to accomplish freedom and to set up aid for basic human rights. even supposing historical past has proven that states rising from collapsed empires infrequently in achieving complete democracy of their first try out, Peter Juviler analyzes those successor states as an important and never continuously unpromising checks of democracy's viability in postcommunist nations.

Extra resources for Battle for the castle : the myth of Czechoslovakia in Europe, 1914-1948

Example text

Bookish Radicals Unlike Beneš, Tomáš Masaryk already possessed authority and a considerable reputation by 1914. But almost no one would have predicted that his influence would ever transcend the printed page. As a professor at Prague’s Charles University, his students—many of whom would later take leading positions in Czech letters, art, and, to a lesser extent, in politics—found his persona and ideas mesmerizing. 3 Masaryk was born in 1850 near Hodonín on the Moravian-Slovak border. His father, once a serf, served as a coachman, bailiff, and farmer on a large estate.

In his 1894 treatise The Czech Question, Masaryk joined other nineteenth-century Czech nationalist writers in linking the Czech present to heroic fifteenth-century Bohemia, and arguing that Czechs were most fully “human” when they were nationally aware. 43 Masaryk linked humanita to the writings and actions of Jan Hus; seventeenth-century exile bishop and intellectual Jan Amos Komenský (Comenius) and the Czech Brethren, a pacifist wing of the Hussite movement; and the nineteenth-century philologists Josef Dobrovský and Ján Kollár.

1 This story—of a few inconsequential professors successfully petitioning the Great Powers, amassing an army, and persuading the world’s leaders to guarantee the existence of a new state—is also the story of the creation of that state’s myth, and its propagation via propaganda. Masaryk, Beneš, and Štefánik devoted an enormous amount of energy and resources I 23 24 Battle for the Castle to propaganda and cultural diplomacy, within and outside governmental circles. They established the equivalent of a propaganda ministry and press agency in several Great Power capitals.

Download PDF sample

Rated 4.43 of 5 – based on 20 votes