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On the edge of the Cold War : American diplomats and spies in postwar Prague

Author: Igor Lukes
Publisher: New York : Oxford University Press, 2012, ©2012.
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In 1945, both the U.S. State Department and U.S. Intelligence saw Czechoslovakia as the master key to the balance of power in Europe and as a chessboard for the power-game between East and West. Washington believed that the political scene in Prague was the best available indicator of whether the United States would be able to coexist with Joseph Stalin's Soviet Union. In this book, Igor Lukes illuminates the end of  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
History
Additional Physical Format: Print version:
(DLC) 2012000393
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Igor Lukes
ISBN: 0195166795 9780195166798 9781283740326 128374032X 9780199721740 0199721742
OCLC Number: 816812361
Description: 1 online resource (pages)
Contents: Postwar Czechoslovakia: the master key to Europe? --
Resurrecting Czechoslovakia from its Munich grave --
General Eisenhower declines to liberate Prague --
Spring 1945: the Americans return to the Schönborn Palace --
Ambassador Steinhardt's delayed arrival --
A chronicle of wasted opportunities --
Steinhardt encounters reality: nationalization, expulsions, and U.S. military withdrawal --
America's warning signs: from the Ŝtĕchovice raid to the May 1946 elections --
Great expectations and lost illusions: U.S. intelligence in postwar Prague --
Passing the point of no-return: Prague withdraws from the Marshall Plan --
The communists exchange popularity for absolute power --
The Schönborn Palace under siege: Americans as "spies and saboteurs."
Responsibility: Igor Lukes.

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This book studies the early stages of the Cold War from the perspective of the U.S. Embassy in postwar Prague. The main personalities include Ambassador Steinhardt and U.S. Intelligence officers  Read more...

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Vividly told. * Kieran Williams, Times Literary Supplement *

 
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