Fall Term 1994
Jan Havranek
Mileda Polisenska
Department of History

Course Description

Part 1.
Introduction into the History of Czechoslovakia 1918-1945, Milada Polisenska

a). Czechoslovak Republic under the T.G.Masaryk Presidency I.
Foreign policy and diplomatic activities resulting in the establishment of Czechoslovakia; the Paris Peace Conference; the establishment of the Czechoslovak Republic; Czechoslovakia at the Versailles Conference; the reorganization of Central Europe, frontier problems in Central Europe

b). The building of Czechoslovakia.
Approach of the German minority the establishment of Czechoslovakia; Slovakia and Sub-Carpathian Ukraine as parts of a new state- has the Pittsburgh Declaration been carried out? the Ruthenian decision to unite with Czechoslovakia; theory about the homonogeous Czechoslovak nation- the Czechoslovakism; formative years of the republic; the constitutional system and institutions of Czechoslovak Republic; parties, politicians; minorities, demographic development; church and state; survey of economic and social conditions;

Part 2.

a). Czechoslovak Republic under the T.G.Masaryk Presidency II.
Foreign Policy: geopolitical aspects of Czechoslovak foreign policy, priorities of Czechoslovak foreign policy, Czechoslovak Ministry of Foreign Affairs, building of foreign service of the new state, E.Benes and League of Nations, Little Entente, bilateral diplomatic relations of Czechoslovakia

b). Czechoslovak army
Czechoslovak Republic under the Edvard Bene's Presidency since 1935 till the Munich Crisis Czechoslovakia- a keystone of Peace and Democracy? Crossroads and crisis of the Czechoslovak foreign and home policy since the resignation of President Masaryk (1935) till the resignation of President Benes (5. October 1938)

c). Since the Munich dictate till the occupation of Czechoslovakia ("2d Republic", 29. September 1938-15. March 1939)
The Munich agreement-its immediate influence on the territorial, economic and political integrity of Czechoslovakia, and its long-term influence: the Munich Syndrome, struggle for the redress of Munich; government, economy, home and foreign policy after Munich; mentality of population, political climate and structure of political parties; migration problems; the autonomy of Slovakia; the development in Sub-Carpathian Ukraine

Part 3.
Occupation and resistance

a). Protectorate Bohemia and Moravia
Occupation on 15. March 1939, establishment of Protectorate Bohemia and Moravia; the protectorate government and administration; rights of the population, racial discrimination; economic and demographic condition; resistance, collaboration

b). Czechoslovak government in exile
Czechoslovak diplomacy and foreign service after 15. March 1939; the recognition of the Czechoslovak government in exile the liaisons with the protectorate government, with the resistance in protectorate and with Slovakia; the war diplomacy of E.Benes, Czechoslovak Soviet Treaty of December 1943; Jan Masaryk-minister of foreign affairs; the homecoming of the government, perspectives of continuity and discontinuity, bridge between the east and the west? tradition of the Czech and Czechoslovak statehood and the sense of our history

c). Slovak State
Origin, political background of the Slovak State; constitution; diplomatic relations of the Slovak State; government, administration, army; economy of Slovak State; racial discrimination; resistance; end of the Slovak State

CRC-Curriculum Resource Center
CEU Budapest, Hungary
Modified: June, 1996


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