Tomas G. Masaryk in the Struggle for Independence of Czechs and Slovaks, 1914-1918 Cover Image

Томаш Г. Масарик у борби за независност Чеха и Словака 1914-1918. године
Tomas G. Masaryk in the Struggle for Independence of Czechs and Slovaks, 1914-1918

Author(s): Dragoljub Živojinović
Subject(s): History
Published by: Istorijski institut, Beograd
Keywords: Czechoslovakia; Russia; USA; Woodrow Wilson; Robert Lansing; Masaryk; Great Britain; Austria-Hungary; Czechoslovak People's Council

Summary/Abstract: Masaryk's decision to seek support for the struggle for independence of Czechs and Slovaks, which seemed hopeless to many at the beginning of the war, in the West, appeared to be justified. This was undoubtedly a brave decision. Masaryk confronted many challenges and uncertainties. His tact and his reputation gradually opened even doubly-locked doors. Through his statements, interviews, and speeches, Masaryk quickly drew attention of many, including the crucial decision makers. Many of them sought his opinion, in order to reach decisions. Sometimes even Masaryk himself believed that his memorandums were crucial for some decisions of the White House residents. That was in the United States. In Masaryk's homeland, in European capitals, and in defeated countries, the struggle for independence of Czechoslovakia was presented as an exciting story, with two professors playing key roles. They discussed principles of self-determination and democracy, and their decisions dug a grave for the evil and corrupt Habsburg creation. Such an opinion was expressed in Masaryk countrymen's belief that President Wilson was their greatest friend and best champion of their right to create their own independent country.

  • Issue Year: 2008
  • Issue No: 57
  • Page Range: 427-444
  • Page Count: 18
  • Language: Serbian