The Transfer of the Sudeten Germans: A Study of Czech-German Relations, 1933-1962

The Transfer of the Sudeten Germans: A Study of Czech-German Relations, 1933-1962

The Transfer of the Sudeten Germans: A Study of Czech-German Relations, 1933-1962

The Transfer of the Sudeten Germans: A Study of Czech-German Relations, 1933-1962

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The Czechoslovakia which arose in 1918 as an independent state after three hundred years of foreign domination formed an essential part of Central Europe. It stretched across the Bohemian basin and the Carpathian Mountains and guarded the access to the Danube basin, blocking any hostile thrust into Southeastern Europe. Hanging like a dividing curtain between the cultures of the industrial West and the agricultural East, it presented an obstacle to the limitless Eurasian plain spreading from the Caucasus and the Urals across Poland and East Germany. Whoever possessed the Bohemian barrier manned the boundary between East and West, South and North. This focal area could serve either as a channel for the mutual exchange of Western and Eastern influences or as a fortress against invaders from whatever direction they approached. The vital Bohemian control . . .

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