Czechoslovakia: Anvil of the Cold War

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Maisky and by Jan Masaryk for Czechoslovakia to exchange diplomatic representatives and mutual assistance, military and otherwise, in the war against Germany. The formation of a Czechoslovak fighting force under Soviet command was sanctioned.32

The United States clearly felt too far out of line with its Allies. On July 30, 1941, it announced its recognition to the press "in furtherance of its support of the national aspirations of the people of Czechoslovakia under the Presidency of Dr. Beneš... While continuing its relations with the Czechoslovak Legation at Washington, the U.S. would accredit to the provisional Government... [an] Envoy Extra-ordinary and Minister Plenipotentiary, to reside in London."33 This note was dispatched to the U.S. ambassador in London with instructions to deliver it to the foreign minister of the provisional government of Czechoslovakia in Great Britain, Jan Masaryk, as coming from the Masaryk, as coming from the U.S. Secretary of State.


NOTES
1.
National Archives, Washington, D.C., 1218, Reel 29.
2.
Radomír Luža: The Transfer of the Sudeten Germans, A Study in Czech- German Relations, 1933-1962 ( New York: New York University Press, 1964), p. 171.
3.
National Archives, 1218, Reel 30.
4.
Luža, Transfer, pp. 168-69.
5.
National Archives, 1218, Reel 29.
8.
Winston Churchill, The Gathering Storm ( Boston: Houghton, Mifflin, 1948), pp. 343-45.
9.
National Archives, 1218, Reel 29.
11.
National Archives, 1218, Reel 30.
12.
Keith Feiling, The Life of Neville Chamberlain ( London: Macmillan, 1946), p. 403; quoted in André Fontaine, History of the Cold War, vol. 1 ( New York: Random House, 1967), p. 106; also quoted in Churchill, The Gathering Storm, p. 349.
13.
Churchill, The Gathering Storm, pp. 364-65.
15.
Fontaine, History of the Cold War, vol. 1, pp. 106-7.
16.
National Archives, 1218, Reel 29.
17.
National Archives, 1218, Reel 30.
18.
William Strang, Letter to Lord Halifax, June 20, quoted in Fontaine, History of the Cold War, vol. 1, p. 111. Italics added.
19.
Ibid., p. 109. Italics added.

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Table of contents

  • Title Page iii
  • Contents vii
  • Foreword ix
  • Acknowledgments xiii
  • Introduction xvii
  • Notes xxvi
  • 1- The Independence Movement Commences 1
  • Notes 10
  • 2- Founding of the Legions: Entrapment in Anti- Bolshevik Intervention 11
  • Notes 26
  • 3- The Legions Anabasis To the Sea 30
  • Notes 46
  • 4- Masaryk in America 50
  • Notes 62
  • 5- Drawing the Frontiers 63
  • Notes 70
  • 6- Internal Stabilization 72
  • Notes 84
  • 7- The Beneš Succession: Storm Warnings (1935-38) 85
  • Notes 101
  • 8- The Sudeten Fires Flare (1938) 103
  • Notes 121
  • 9- Summer Turmoil (1938) 124
  • Notes 130
  • 10- The Runciman Mission (summer 1938) 131
  • Notes 148
  • 11- Munich (september 1938) 151
  • Notes 169
  • 12- Aftermath of Munich (1938-41) 172
  • Notes 185
  • 13- War on Two Fronts (1941) 187
  • Notes 202
  • 14- Wartime Conferences And Treaties 205
  • Notes 215
  • 15- The Slovak Uprising: The Government's Return Home 218
  • Notes 232
  • 16- The Government Reconstituted On Home Ground (1945) 235
  • Notes 245
  • 17- Nationalities Transfers And Allied Army Withdrawals (1945) 247
  • Notes 255
  • 18- Democratic Socialization (1945-46) 257
  • Notes 271
  • 19- Cold War Beginnings (1946) 273
  • Notes 287
  • 20- Storm Signals (1947) 290
  • Notes 306
  • 21- The Communist Coup (1947-48) 308
  • Notes 318
  • 22- The Death of Jan Masaryk (1948) 320
  • Notes 332
  • Abbreviations 333
  • Bibliography 335
  • Index 343
  • About the Authors 353
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