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The Life of Edvard Beneš 1884–1948: Czechoslovakia in Peace and War

Zbynék Zeman and Antonín Klimek


Edvard Beneš was a key figure in the history of Czechoslovakia in the first three decades of her existence. He helped Thomas Masaryk to found the state in World War I, and in the 1920s he worked on foreign policy and was briefly prime minister before being elected president in 1935. His presidency saw the loss of the Sudetenland in Munich in 1938, and this was followed by the German occupation in 1939, which forced Beneš to form a London-based government-in-exile for the duration of the war. He lived to see a brief period of restored independence (1945–8), and died in 1948, in the year when Cz ... More

Keywords: Edvard Beneš, Czechoslovakia, Thomas Masaryk, president, Munich, satellite state

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 1997 Print ISBN-13: 9780198205838
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198205838.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Zbynék Zeman, author
University of Oxford

Antonín Klimek, author
Institute of the History of the Czech Army, Prague