From Prague After Munich: Diplomatic Papers, 1938-1940

From Prague After Munich: Diplomatic Papers, 1938-1940

by George Frost Kennan

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Overview

In August 1938 George F. Kennan was assigned as Secretary of Legation in Prague. After the Germans occupied Czechoslovakia in March 1939, he stayed on in that country when most other Western observers had left. These diplomatic papers, letters, and notes are on-the-spot observations by a skilled and sensitive historian and diplomat. They offer a unique record of one of the tragic events in modern European history. Depicted here are the attempts at Germanization of Czech life, the cynical exploitation of various native organizations, the German insistence on a program of anti-Semitism, the take-over of Czech business and industry, the problems of currency and inflation.

Originally published in 1968.

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780691620626
Publisher: Princeton University Press
Publication date: 03/08/2015
Series: Princeton Legacy Library , #1818
Pages: 300
Product dimensions: 6.10(w) x 9.10(h) x 2.30(d)

Table of Contents

  • Frontmatter, pg. i
  • Preface, pg. v
  • Historical Introduction, pg. xiii
  • CONTENTS, pg. xxv
  • 1. Personal notes on the Munich crisis, written in early October 1938, pg. 1
  • 2. Excerpts from a personal letter of December 8, 1Q38, pg. 7
  • 3. Excerpts from a personal letter of January 6, 1939, pg. 10
  • 4. Report on conditions in Slovakia, written in January 1939, pg. 14
  • 5. Excerpts from a despatch of January 12,1939, from Mr. Raymond E. Cox, Charge d'Affaires at Prague, to the Department of State, concerning German-Czechoslovak relations, pg. 28
  • 6. Excerpts from a despatch of February 1, 1939, from the Honorable Wilbur J. Carr, American Minister at Prague, to the Department of State, concerning German-Czechoslovak relations, pg. 34
  • 7. Excerpts from a despatch of February 17, 1939, from George F. Kennan (as Secretary of Legation at Prague) to the Department of State, on the Jewish problem in the new Czechoslovakia, pg. 42
  • 8. Report on conditions in Ruthenia, written March 1939, pg. 58
  • 9. Excerpts from despatch of March 9, 1939, from Minister Carr to the Department of State, on Slovak-Czech relations, pg. 75
  • 10. Personal notes, dated March 21, 1939, on the March crisis and the final occupation of Prague by the Germans, pg. 80
  • 11. Anundated letter, drafted in the last days of March 1939, signed by Mr. Irving N. Linnell, Consul General at Prague, and addressed to the American Charge d′Affaires at Berlin, concerning efforts of the "Ukrainian" elements in Ruthenia to enlist foreign support against the Hungarians, pg. 88
  • 12. Report of March 29, 1939, on the new regime in Bohemia and Moravia, pg. 94
  • 13. Excerpts from, a personal letter of March 30, 1939, pg. 103
  • 14. Letter of April 3, 1939, from Consul General Linnell to the Charge d'Affaires at Berlin concerning certain armed clashes that had occurred along the new Slovak-Hungarian border, pg. 106
  • 15. Letter of April 7, 1939, from Consul General Linnell to the Charge d'Affaires at Berlin, concerning the arrival in Prague of the Reichsprotektor, Baron von Neurath, pg. 111
  • 16. Letter of April 14, 1939, from Consul General Linnell to the Charge d'Affaires at Berlin, commenting on the general situation in the Protectorate, pg. 114
  • 17. Excerpts from, two memoranda of April 14, 1939, for the Consul General, summing up certain aspects of the constitutional and juridical situation prevailing in the Historic Provinces and Slovakia, pg. 119
  • 18. Letter of April 17, 1939, from Consul General Linnell to the Charge d'Affaires at Berlin, concerning the problem of a Slovak currency, pg. 122
  • 19. Letter of April 18, 1939, from Consul General Linnell to the Charge d'Affaires at Berlin, concerning conditions in Slovakia, pg. 125
  • 20. Letter of April 21, 1939, from Consul General Linnell to the Charge d'Affaires at Berlin, concerning the celebration of Hitlers birthday in Prague, pg. 129
  • 21. Report, written about April 26-27, 1939, on conditions in the Moravska-Ostrava district, pg. 131
  • 22. Report, written about May 1, 1939, on conditions in Slovakia, pg. 135
  • 23. Letter of May 4, 1939, from Consul General Linnell to the Charge d'Affaires at Berlin, concerning the appointment of the new government of the Protectorate of Bohemia and Moravia, pg. 143
  • 24. Despatch of May 10, 1939, from Consul General Linnell to the Department of State, on the new law limiting the rights and activities of Jews in Slovakia, pg. 149
  • 25. Letter of May 11, 1939, from Consul General Linnell to the Charge dAffaires at Berlin, concerning the political situation in Bohemia, pg. 157
  • 26. Despatch of May 15, 1939, from Consul General Linnell to the Department of State, on conditions in Slovakia, pg. 160
  • 27. Memorandum, of May 15, 1939, on the trend of developments in Bohemia and Moravia, pg. 165
  • 28. Despatch of May 23, 1939, from Consul General Linnell to the Department of State, concerning the situation in Bohemia and Moravia, pg. 172
  • 29. Despatch of June 6, 1939, from Consul General Linnell to the Department of State, concerning the situation in Bohemia and Moravia, pg. 179
  • 30. Despatch of July 3, 1939, from Consul General Linnell to the Department of State, on general conditions in Bohemia and Moravia, pg. 188
  • 31. Despatch of July 12, 1939, from Consul General Linnell to the Department of State, concerning appointment of a new Interior Minister in the Protectorate Government, pg. 196
  • 32. Report of July 13, 1939, on conditions in Slovakia, pg. 198
  • 33. Despatch of July 17, 1939, from Consul General Linnell to the Department of State, on the situation in the Protectorate, pg. 207
  • 34. Despatch of July 24, 1939, from Consul General Linnell to the Department of State, on the new Slovak constitution, pg. 212
  • 35. Despatch of August 19, 1939, from Consul General Linnell to the Department of State, on the general trend of developments in Bohemia and Moravia, pg. 217
  • 36. Report, written October 1Q40, on “A Year and a Half of the Protectorate of Bohemia and Moravia”, pg. 226
  • Epilogue, pg. 241
  • Glossary, pg. 255
  • Index, pg. 263



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