The Czecho-Slovak Struggle for Independence, 1914–1920

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About the Book

The calamity of World War I spawned dozens of liberation movements among ethnic and religious groups throughout the world. None was more successful in realizing the goal of self-determination than the Czechs and Slovaks.
From its humble beginning the Czecho-Slovak liberation movement grew into an impressive struggle that was waged from the capitals of Western Europe to the frozen steppes of Siberia. Its ranks included exiled propagandists, war prisoners-turned-legionaries and conspirators inside Austria-Hungary. This book shows how these groups overcame their estrangements and coordinated their efforts to win independence for their homeland. It also examines the consequences of the Czecho-Slovaks’ achievements, including their entanglement in the Russian Civil War and their impact on the postwar settlements that redrew the political boundaries of Central Europe.

About the Author(s)

Brent Mueggenberg works as a microbiologist and lives in Lake View, Iowa.

Bibliographic Details

Brent Mueggenberg
Format: softcover (7 x 10)
Pages: 332
Bibliographic Info: 32 photos, 9 maps, glossary, notes, bibliography, index
Copyright Date: 2014
pISBN: 978-0-7864-9625-9
eISBN: 978-1-4766-1762-6
Imprint: McFarland

Table of Contents

Table of Contents


Acknowledgments v

Preface 1

Terms, Abbreviations and Acronyms 5

Introduction: A Brawl at Chelyabinsk 9

1. In the Shadow of White Mountain 17

2. On the Eve of the Storm 32

3. Contriving for a New Europe 45

4. The Slavophile Challenge 63

5. Deliverance at Zborov 82

6. Prague on the Brink 96

7. The Rise of the ­Czecho-Slovak Legions in the West 109

8. Between Cossacks and Commissars 120

9. The Russian Muddle 134

10. War Across an Iron Ribbon 154

11. A New Eastern Front 179

12. The Men of October 28 199

13. The Siberian Vendée 215

14. White Mountain Redressed 230

15. Exodus from a White Hell 246

16. The Legacy of Independence 268

Chapter Notes 279

Bibliography 313

Index 317

Book Reviews & Awards

“Mueggenberg is a fine writer and researcher and his fluid writing style makes what could be quite complicated in the hands of a lesser writer, easy to understand. The selection of photographs illustrating the book is superb too. Highly recommended”—Destructive Music.