The Founders

Zbyněk Zeman and Antonín Klimek

in The Life of Edvard Beneš 1884–1948

Published in print July 1997 | ISBN: 9780198205838
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780191676802 | DOI:
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This chapter describes the efforts of Beneš in establishing the international presence of a new state. The people of Bohemia and Moravia had the experience of more than half a century of representative democracy, as well as the development of vigorous political parties. Neither Masaryk nor Beneš trusted the useful remainders of the Habsburg state, and their lack of trust extended to the politicians who knew how to use them. Democracy for them contained the essential element of honoured leaders, and there was more than a touch of belief in their political ideas. The constitution of the republic referred to the Czechoslovak nation, but did not mention the rights of the minorities. The Castle group formed a counterweight to the pull of the powerful parties, where Masaryk understood that their influence should be allowed free play.

Keywords: international presence; new state; Bohemia; Moravia; democracy; honoured leaders; minorities

Chapter.  5969 words. 

Subjects: Modern History (1700 to 1945)

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