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Battle for the Castle: The Myth of Czechoslovakia in Europe, 1914-1948
After World War I, diplomats and leaders at the Paris Peace Talks redrew the map of Europe, carving up ancient empires and transforming Europe's eastern half into new nation-states. Drawing heavily on the past, the leaders of these young countries crafted national mythologies and deployed them at home and abroad. Domestically, myths were a tool for legitimating the new sta ...more
Hardcover, 286 pages
Published July 1st 2009 by Oxford University Press, USA
(first published 2009)
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This was generally very good and provides a much needed examination of Masaryk-focused (or Castle-based) propaganda during the First Republic. While Masaryk was a largely admirable figure, and the First Republic did many things well, Masaryk was not a saint nor was his government flawless. The author is at her best digging into the various journalistic and publishing machinations attempted by Masaryk and his intimates, and she gives an excellent sense of the various characters involved in the po ...more
May 19, 2012 Greg D'Avis rated it 4 of 5 stars
Smart and well-researched, this is a very even-handed examination of interwar Czechoslovakia. It's helpful because the myths Orzoff is looking have become the standard take on the era, and she breaks them down without grinding axes.