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The Soviets, the Munich Crisis, and the Coming of World War II

The Soviets, the Munich Crisis, and the Coming of World War II

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  • Date Published: February 2004
  • availability: Available
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9780521830300

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  • Hugh Ragsdale's analysis of East European documentation sheds new light on the Munich Crisis. If Hitler had been stopped at Munich, World War II, as we know it, could not have happened. The Crisis has been thoroughly studied in British, French, and German documents, and, consequently, we have learned that the weakness in the Western position at Munich consisted of the Anglo-French opinion that the Soviet commitment to its allies--France and Czechoslovakia--was utterly unreliable. Ragsdale's findings will contribute to a "considerable shift" of opinion.

    Reviews & endorsements

    "...indispensable reading." American Historical Review

    "This is a thoroughly researched, persuasively argued work that materially advances our knowledge of the origins of World War II. It contributes not only to the study of Soviet foreign policy but to the understanding of Romanian diplomacy as well. Furthermore, it develops these central themes in the context of German, British, French, Romanian, Czech, Polish, and Hungarian policy. This is the way international history should be written."
    Teddy J. Uldricks, Slavic Review

    "Hugh Ragsdale's work has the advantage of expanding research to include the Eastern European scenario, thanks in particular to documentation from Romania." Journal of Modern History Silvio Pons, Universita degli studi di Roma, Tor Vergata

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    Product details

    • Date Published: February 2004
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9780521830300
    • length: 236 pages
    • dimensions: 231 x 152 x 23 mm
    • weight: 0.52kg
    • contains: 3 maps
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    List of maps
    List of abbreviations
    Preface. A test case of collective security
    Introduction. The nature of the problem
    Part I. Background of the Munich Crisis:
    1. The shaky foundations of collective security: Moscow, Paris, London
    2. Soviet-Romanian relations I:
    3. Soviet-Romanian relations II: Summer 1938
    Part II. Foreground: Climax of the Crisis:
    4. East awaiting West
    5. The Red Army mobilises
    6. Denouement
    Part III. Conclusion:
    7. What the Red Army actually did
    8. What the Red Army might feasibly have done
    9. Epilogue
    10. Assessment of Soviet intentions
    Appendix 1. Pertinent paragraphs of the League of Nations Covenant
    Appendix 2. Franco-Soviet and Czechoslovak pacts: excerpts
    Selected source materials and literature

  • Author

    Hugh Ragsdale

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