Czechoslovakia - the Last Bastion of Democracy | BETWEEN 2 WARS I 1935 Part 1 of 4

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Czechoslovakia - the Last Bastion of Democracy | BETWEEN 2 WARS I 1935 Part 1 of 4 5

Czechoslovakia is holding on to democracy by a thread. It even looks like they might be able to integrate the German Czechoslovakians, but Hitler's rise to power changes everything.

Hosted by: Indy Neidell
Written by: Francis van Berkel
Directed by: Spartacus Olsson and Astrid Deinhard
Executive Producers: Bodo Rittenauer, Astrid Deinhard, Indy Neidell, Spartacus Olsson
Creative Producer: Joram Appel
Post-Production Director: Wieke Kapteijns
Research by: Francis van Berkel and Rune Væver Hartvig
Edited by: Daniel Weiss and Wieke Kapteijns
Sound design: Marek Kamiński

A TimeGhost chronological documentary produced by OnLion Entertainment GmbH.

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The year is 1935 CE. Central Europe is entirely dominated by Authoritarians and Fascists. Well not entirely! One small country of indomitable Czechs and Slovaks still holds out for democracy. And life is not easy for the German Nazis who garrison the towns and villages in Bohemia and Moravia…

One thing in this episode might go unnoticed. It is how important it is to note that the term Sudeten German has only become widespread after WWI. It shows us how the delicate balance of ethnic groups has been upset after the Great War.  

Before 1918, these same people felt comfortable called themselves Bohemian or Moravian. On the other side of the border that now divides Czechoslovakia from Germany, Austria, Poland and Hungary Czech calling themselves for instance Carpathian, Silesian, or Bavarian. In only 17 years this regional sense of unity has now been eradicated. It's really easy to fall into the trap of the identity rhetoric of the time. To say that 'well,  what did you expect? You forced people to be part of a country that wasn't theirs" it's an easy explanation for all of this conflict. 

Well as we have often pointed out it wasn't that simple. Fanned by identity politics on all sides, the borders have become fevering soars that are spreading infection into all of Europe. It is a disease that now threatens to develop into sepsis for the whole European continent. And think of this; borders are nothing but lines on maps, things minds... isn't it remarkable how we as a species can invent our own demise?

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Author — TimeGhost History


That was quite a nice “Ř” for a non-Czech.

Author — Daniel Moštěk


Pretty good, but you forgot Milan Rastilav Stefanik - the man who opened all the doors for Masaryk in Paris

Author — texx1985


Having beer on the table, while talking about the Czechs. I see, what you did there

Author — Ondřej Březina


"If our democracy has its shortcomings, we must overcome these shortcomings, but not overcome the democracy." - Tomáš Garrigue Masaryk

Author — Michal Hruška


"Dobrý den, já jsem Indy Neidell."

Yes, you certainly are, you magnificient man!

Author — Vítězslav Ureš


"No beer to be sold to the occupiers"... Sounds more violent than an atomic bomb

Author — John Hanselman


Speaking about forming of Czechoslovakia without mentioning General Milan Rastislav Štefánik is pretty reckless tbh...

Author — David Palička


I hardly believe anybody could come to the idea of banning serving beer in Czechia. What a horror. Never again!

Author — Jacek Łu


Indy back using a tie !!!! Dude, when someone restricts beer, war is near !!!!

Author — Canthama


"Czechmate" ("Tchèques-et-mat"). Cover title of a french newspaper about the Munich agreements.

Author — Duke of Lorraine


When you were talking about the founding members of Czechoslovakia as a state, you could also mention Milan Rastislav Štefánik - thanks to his diplomatic and military abilities he was able to establish Czechoslovak legions in six countries. Also, he convinced the western powers to support the independent state of Czechoslovakia.

Author — To je ten Stano


Czechoslovakia was sold out by the timid Western allies. They were well armed & had their mountain fortifications. If the French & British had backed them the Nazis would have been stopped there. They Nazis were not ready militarily yet. The British & French were afraid of getting involved in a WW1 again, so they got a WW2 instead.

Author — primpal08


I was thrilled to see your awesome channel cover my country, but hearing you greeting us in Czech added to it even more!

Author — Andy Happy


Dobry den Indy! excellent prononce of Ř one of the most difficult czech letter for foreigners :)

Author — Alexandros Naoum


I’m 5minutes in and Stefanik M.R. nowhere 🤔 legion being a vast post war army without a country not mentioned. These two acted like leverage in the hands of Masaryk....

Author — HolanDaniel


"and military assistance from Italy . . ." - shouldn't make me chuckle, but it did.

Author — Shawn Gilliland


5:13 damn, that was a nice "ř" Indy!

Author — Jakub Nekvapil


Is it just me, or does Indy look actually sad about how the first Czechoslovak republic came to an end?

Author — Ranko Vašek


Holy smokes that felt like a 10 minute episode I didn't even know where the time went.

You have 20 more episodes in this series to cover

Author — Web Log