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Battle for the Castle: The Myth of Czechoslavakia in Europe 1914-1948

Andrea Orzoff


Since 1918, Czechoslovakia has been known as East–Central Europe's most devoted democracy, an outpost of Western values in the East. While the country has had a more democratic experience than its neighbors, this book argues that the claim that Czechs are “native democrats,” devoted to liberal ideas, emerged from nationalist myth. Battle for the Castle tells the story of that myth's creation during the First World War, and how it was used to persuade the Great Powers to create Czechoslovakia out of pieces of Austria–Hungary. Tomáš Masaryk and Edvard Beneš, the two academics crafting the myth a ... More

Keywords: Czechoslovakia, democracy, Europe, Masaryk, Beneš, propaganda, myth, nationalism, Castle, Hrad

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2009 Print ISBN-13: 9780195367812
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2009 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195367812.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Andrea Orzoff, author
New Mexico State University
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