Czechoslovakia: Anvil of the Cold War

By John O. Crane; Sylvia E. Crane | Go to book overview

19 Cold War Beginnings (1946)

During June 1946, British notables arrived in numbers, fulfilling the Foreign Office's design to generate favorable publicity for Western concepts in Czechoslovakia. Values such as liberty, justice, and democracy were featured. British Attorney-General Elwyn Jones came for a two-day visit on June 17th, the first to Czechoslovakia by a British official since liberation. Jones performed his public relations tasks superbly. During his visit, he mentioned that his government offered "to extend the Anglo-Soviet Treaty of friendship to a period of 50 years." He also catered to public taste by acknowledging "the necessity of close association between the Soviet Union and Czechoslovakia."1

The British lord chief justice followed Jones to Prague, as did Prof. Robert William Seton-Watson of Oxford on June 19th, at the invitation of his friend Jan Masaryk. This British specialist on Eastern Europe was soon joined by A. J. P. Taylor, the celebrated historian from Magdalen College in Oxford, for two weeks of lectures in Prague, Bratislava, and Moravska Ostrava. A broad parliamentary delegation, including five Labour members, was expected in July for two weeks for a full program of visits, to be shepherded by the embassy's commercial attaché, who would take them to Slovakia and the industrial regions of Moravia and Western Bohemia. Also in June, Ambassador Philip Nichols took the time officially to inaugurate his British Institute in Bratislava.2 In the fall, the left-wing Labour member of Parliament, Konni Zilliacus, came to support his government's policy and was acrimonious in his criticism of U.S. Secretary of State James Francis Byrnes's Cold War speech at Stuttgart.3

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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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