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Czechoslovakia [electronic resource] : the state that failed /
Mary Heimann.
imprint
New Haven : Yale University Press, c2009.
description
xxi, 406 p. : ill., map ; 24 cm.
ISBN
9780300141474 (cloth : alk. paper)
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imprint
New Haven : Yale University Press, c2009.
isbn
9780300141474 (cloth : alk. paper)
restrictions
Licensed for access by U. of T. users.
contents note
Before Czechoslovakia -- The invention of a state -- A troubled democracy -- The fascist appeal -- A republic and a protectorate -- From national cleansing to communist dictatorship -- Building the socialist state -- The Bratislava and Prague Spring -- Back to normal -- From resentment to revolution -- The end of Czechoslovakia.
catalogue key
11948514
 
Includes bibliographical references (p. [325]-375) and index.
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Appeared in Choice on 2010-07-01:
The book jacket of this excellent, readable, and provocative new history of Czechoslovakia tells it all: on the front, a bleak March 1948 picture of the castle gates; on the back, Sudeten Germans departing in the late 1940s. Heimann (history, Univ. of Strathclyde, UK) provides no picture of a republic of courageous democrats resisting first Nazis and then communists. Her argument is not pretty. The founding fathers (Jan Masaryk and Edvard Benes) were "brilliant propagandists." The Czechs were not victims but persecutors driven by ethnic intolerance, racism, even anti-Semitism, and strong nationalism. The 1945-48 period of revenge and expulsion of Sudeten Germans was an ugly interlude. For many readers, it will take time for this meticulously researched work (50 pages of small-type notes and references) to sink in. But it may help explain why Czechoslovakia was among the more hard-line and brutal of 1948-89 "socialist" Central European countries and why it lacked a robust underground resistance to the Nazis. Historians will determine if her revisionist legend busting is overdone. Heimann's book is joined by Battle for the Castle by Andrea Orzoff (2009), which also takes aim at the "myth" of Czechoslovakia as the democratic beacon light of Central Europe. Summing Up: Highly recommended. Upper-division undergraduate, graduate, and research collections. H. Steck SUNY College at Cortland
Reviews
Review Quotes
"This is truly a history of Czechoslovakia, not just of Czechs and Slovaks in the twentieth century."--Kieran Williams,The Times Literary Supplement
"This is truly a history of Czechoslovakia, not just of Czechs and Slovaks in the twentieth century."--Kieran Williams, The Times Literary Supplement
"Heimann offers a no-punches-pulled political history of Czechoslovakia's whole trajectory." Foreign Affairs
"Heimann offers a no-punches-pulled political history of Czechoslovakia's whole trajectory."-- Foreign Affairs
"Heimann offers a no-punches-pulled political history of Czechoslovakia's whole trajectory."--Foreign Affairs
�Heimann offers a no-punches-pulled political history of Czechoslovakia�s whole trajectory.�--Foreign Affairs
''Mary Heimann''s history of Czechoslovakia is both a supremely competent and detailed narrative account of the short life of a central European state and a brilliant piece of iconoclasm...This book is a fascinating study of the enduring importance of nationalism and an eye-opening expose of the myths behind received historical wisdom. It is essential reading for anyone interested in 20th century central European history.'' Paul Anderson, Tribune
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Summaries
Main Description
This book, the most thoroughly researched and accurate history of Czechoslovakia to appear in English, tells the story of the country from its founding in 1918 to partition in 1992from fledgling democracy through Nazi occupation, Communist rule, and invasion by the Soviet Union to, at last, democracy again. The common Western view of Czechoslovakia has been that of a small nation that was sacrificed at Munich in 1938 and betrayed to the Soviets in 1948, and which rebelled heroically against the repression of the Soviet Union during the Prague Spring of 1968. Mary Heimann dispels these myths and shows how intolerant nationalism and an unhelpful sense of victimhood led Czech and Slovak authorities to discriminate against minorities, compete with the Nazis to persecute Jews and Gypsies, and pave the way for the Communist police state. She also reveals Alexander Dubcek, held to be a national hero and standard-bearer for democracy, to be an unprincipledapparatchik. Well written, revisionist, and accessible, this groundbreaking book should become the standard history of Czechoslovakia for years to come.
Main Description
This book, the most thoroughly researched and accurate history of Czechoslovakia to appear in English, tells the story of the country from its founding in 1918 to partition in 1992from fledgling democracy through Nazi occupation, Communist rule, and invasion by the Soviet Union to, at last, democracy again. The common Western view of Czechoslovakia has been that of a small nation that was sacrificed at Munich in 1938 and betrayed to the Soviets in 1948, and which rebelled heroically against the repression of the Soviet Union during the Prague Spring of 1968. Mary Heimann dispels these myths and shows how intolerant nationalism and an unhelpful sense of victimhood led Czech and Slovak authorities to discriminate against minorities, compete with the Nazis to persecute Jews and Gypsies, and pave the way for the Communist police state. She also reveals Alexander Dubcek, held to be a national hero and standard-bearer for democracy, to be an unprincipled apparatchik. Well written, revisionist, and accessible, this groundbreaking book should become the standard history of Czechoslovakia for years to come.
Bowker Data Service Summary
A revisionist history, this volume sets out to debunk many of the myths about Czechoslovakia.
Main Description
This book, the most thoroughly researched and accurate history of Czechoslovakia to appear in English, tells the story of the country from its founding in 1918 to partition in 1992--from fledgling democracy through Nazi occupation, Communist rule, and invasion by the Soviet Union to, at last, democracy again. The common Western view of Czechoslovakia has been that of a small nation that was sacrificed at Munich in 1938 and betrayed to the Soviets in 1948, and which rebelled heroically against the repression of the Soviet Union during the Prague Spring of 1968. Mary Heimann dispels these myths and shows how intolerant nationalism and an unhelpful sense of victimhood led Czech and Slovak authorities to discriminate against minorities, compete with the Nazis to persecute Jews and Gypsies, and pave the way for the Communist police state. She also reveals Alexander Dubcek, held to be a national hero and standard-bearer for democracy, to be an unprincipled apparatchik. Well written, revisionist, and accessible, this groundbreaking book should become the standard history of Czechoslovakia for years to come.
Table of Contents
List of Illustrations and Mapsp. viii
Acknowledgementsp. x
Spelling, Translation and Place Namesp. xiii
Guide to Pronunciationp. xviii
Introductionp. xx
Before Czechoslovakiap. 1
The Invention of a Statep. 20
A Troubled Democracyp. 48
The Fascist Appealp. 87
A Republic and a Protectoratep. 111
From National Cleansing to Communist Dictatorshipp. 150
Building the Socialist Statep. 177
The Bratislava and Prague Springsp. 211
Back to Normalp. 243
From Resentment to Revolutionp. 278
The End of Czechoslovakiap. 307
Notesp. 325
Bibliographyp. 358
Indexp. 376
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