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By Patrick Crowhurst

Following the defeat of Imperial Germany in global struggle I, the good Powers created a brand new Czechoslovak nation from the remnants of the Austro-Hungarian Empire. The redrawing of Europe’s territorial limitations which was once a part of the Treaty of Versailles, driven via through Britain’s Lloyd George and France’s Clemenceau, overrode the objections of the two million Germans within the Sudetenland, put by way of this treaty in Czech territory, and people of the Slovaks who had was hoping for independence. right here, Patrick Crowhurst identifies the the most important political challenge that confronted Czechoslovakia among 1918 and 1939 – the rift among the Czechs and the Sudeten Germans that may open the best way for the increase of Konrad Henlein’s right-wing ‘Sudeten Deutsch’ get together, and which used to be exploited ruthlessly by means of Hitler in the course of Nazi Germany’s 1938 annexation of Czechoslovakia. A historical past of Czechoslovakia among the Wars deepens our figuring out of a delicate Europe sooner than international warfare II, and is key for college kids and students of twentieth century history.

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