The bell of treason : the 1938 Munich agreement in Czechoslovakia /
P.E. Caquet.
New York : Other Press, 2018.
287 pages ; 24 cm
159051050X, 9781590510506
More Details
New York : Other Press, 2018.
general note
"First published in Great Britain in 2018 by Profile Books"--Title verso.
"Drawing on a wealth of previously unexamined material, this staggering account sheds new light on the responsibility of England and France for the dire consequences of this landmark agreement. On returning from Germany on 30 September 1938 after his agreement with Hitler on the carve-up of Czechoslovakia, Neville Chamberlain addressed the British crowds: "My good friends ... I believe it is peace for our time. We thank you from the bottom of our hearts. Go home and get a nice quiet sleep." Winston Churchill commented: "You have chosen dishonor and you will have war." P.E. Caquet's history of the events leading to the Munich Agreement and its aftermath is told for the first time from the point of view of the peoples of Czechoslovakia. Basing his account on countless previously unexamined sources, including Czechoslovakian press, memoirs, private journals, military plans, parliamentary records, film and radio, Caquet presents one of the most shameful episodes in modern European history in a tragic new shape. The result is a nail-biting story of diplomatic intrigue, perhaps the nearest thing to a morality play that history ever furnishes. The Czechoslovakian authorities were Cassandras in their own country, the only ones who could see Hitler's threat for what it was, and appeasement as the disaster it proved to be. In Caquet's devastating account, their doomed struggle against extinction and the complacency of their notional allies finally gets the memorial it deserves"--
catalogue key
Includes bibliographical references (pages 241-274) and index.

  link to old catalogue

Report a problem