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Dreams of a great small nation : the mutinous army that threatened a revolution, destroyed an empire, founded a republic, and remade the map of Europe / Kevin J. McNamara.

Author/Creator:
McNamara, Kevin J. author.
Edition:
First edition.
Publication:
New York : Public Affairs, [2016]
Format/Description:
Book
xvii, 395 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
Subjects:
Legie ceska.
Soviet Union -- History -- Allied intervention, 1918-1920.
Soviet Union -- History -- Revolution, 1917-1921 -- Campaigns.
World War, 1914-1918 -- Czechoslovakia.
World War, 1914-1918 -- Campaigns -- Russia (Federation).
Czech Republic -- History.
Slovakia -- History.
Czechoslovakia -- History.
Summary:
In 1917, two empires that had dominated much of Europe and Asia teetered on the edge of the abyss, exhausted by the ruinous cost in blood and treasure of the First World War. As Imperial Russia and Habsburg-ruled Austria-Hungary began to succumb, a small group of Czech and Slovak combat veterans stranded in Siberia saw an opportunity to realize their long-held dream of independence. While their plan was audacious and complex, and involved moving their 50,000-strong army by land and sea across three-quarters of the earth's expanse, their commitment to fight for the Allies on the Western Front riveted the attention of Allied London, Paris, and Washington. On their journey across Siberia, a brawl erupted at a remote Trans-Siberian rail station that sparked a wholesale rebellion. The marauding Czecho-Slovak Legion seized control of the Trans-Siberian Railroad, and with it Siberia. In the end, this small band of POWs and deserters, whose strength was seen by Leon Trotsky as the chief threat to Soviet rule, helped destroy the Austro-Hungarian Empire and found Czecho-Slovakia.
Contents:
Losing a great war
Under enemy eyes
Inside enemy lands
Masaryk's exile
Russia unravels
The odyssey begins
The seizure of Siberia
The ambivalent intervention
The moment of truth
The view from Siberia.
Notes:
Includes bibliographical references (pages 331-379) and index.
Local notes:
Athenaeum copy: Weiner fund bookplate.
ISBN:
9781610394840 : HRD
1610394844 : HRD
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