By Igor Lukes

The Munich predicament of 1938, within which nice Britain and France determined to soothe Hitler's calls for to annex the Sudentenland, has provoked an enormous quantity of old writing. yet historians have had, before, just a obscure figuring out of the jobs performed through the Soviet Union and by way of Czechoslovakia, the rustic whose very lifestyles used to be on the middle of the crisis.

In Czechoslovakia among Stalin and Hitler, Igor Lukes explores this turbulent and tragic period from the hot standpoint of the Prague govt itself. on the middle of this research is Edvard Benes, a Czechoslovak international coverage strategist and an incredible participant within the political machinations of the period. The paintings analyzes the Prague Government's makes an attempt to safe the life of the Republic of Czechoslovakia within the treacherous area among the millstones of the East and West. It reviews Benes's courting with Joseph Stalin, outlines the position assigned to Czechoslovak communists via the VIIth Congress of the Communist overseas in 1935, and dissects Prague's mystery negotiations with Berlin and Benes's function within the recognized Tukhachevsky affair. utilizing mystery documents in either Prague and Russia, this paintings is a correct and unique rendition of the occasions that sparked the second one international battle.

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2(1922): 15, states that there were twenty-five thousand Czechs in Southern Russia alone. 73. The intelligence component of the Czechoslovak Red Cross activities is underlined by the fact that the organization reported both to the Czechoslovak Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Ministry of Interior. 74. SCA, Presidium of the Ministry of Interior, IV R/l, box 211. 75. Ibid. 76. Ibid. 77. SCA, Presidium of the Ministry of Interior, 1922/12. Czechoslovak-Soviet Contacts, 1918-1933 29 78. Vera Olivová, Politika Ceskoslovenska v ruské krizi roku 1921 a 1922 (Prague: H & H, 1992), 38-39; Ceskoslovenska republika, 5 March 1922.

104. Olivová, "Politika Ceskoslovenska, " 34. 105. " 106. Benes, Problémy nové Evropy, 51. 107. G. V. Chicherin's reply to the discussion on his report to the Central Executive Committee, 19 October 1924, quoted from Jane Degras, Soviet Documents on Foreign Policy (London: Oxford University Press, 1951), 1:469-70. 108. Office of the President of the Republic of Czechoslovakia, the Castle, T 232/22. 109. A. I. Rykov's speech at the Fifth Soviet Congress, 20 May 1929, in Jane Degras, Soviet Documents on Foreign Policy (London: Oxford University Press, 1952), 2:379.

98/21 Rus. 43. , 12 c/20 Rus. Hillerson claimed that he had at his disposal five hundred cossacks and weapons; now he needed 200,000 Czechoslovak crowns (Kc). 44. , 28/20 Rus and 146 a/20. There was a good reason for Chicherin's warning against provocations. In March 1921 Hillerson had been approached by a sergeant of the Czechoslovak army who proposed to sell him the latest Czech-made machine-gun and other military secrets for 20,000 Kc. Hillerson had him arrested immediately. SCA, Presidium of the Ministry of Interior, IV R/12, box 212.

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