Exactly 100 years ago, at the end of the First World War, a new state of Czechoslovakia was created in central Europe. For many this ‘national state’ of Czechs and Slovaks was a dream come true: it gave rise to the myth that the next twenty years were a golden age of Czech history. But how true was this? How stable or viable was the first Czechoslovak state? Did problems lie in the very way it was created out of war?
This lively panel discussion, involving four historians, will unpick the myths in order to understand the genesis of Czechoslovakia, the hopes and fears that accompanied its formation, and the tensions which faced the Czech and Slovak leaders from the very beginning.
With Jakub Beneš (University of Birmingham), Jana Osterkamp (Collegium Carolinum, Munich) and Rudolf Kučera (Masaryk Institute, Prague); chaired by Professor Mark Cornwall (University of Southampton).
Accompanied by screening some rare archival footage of Prague on 28 October 1918.
Tickets: £7 + booking fee