By H. Gordon Skilling
The ebook examines the heritage of Czechoslovakia within the seventy years for the reason that its founding by means of T.G.Masaryk. It analyses the profound alterations which happened throughout the First Republic, the Nazi profession, postwar liberation and communist rule, together with either the Stalinist years, the Prague Spring of 1968 and the next interval of normalization to 1988.
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The Russian share is small, much smaller than that of the West. ,5 In concluding his remarks Fojtik declared that it was necessary 'to honour the truth of history, to know as much as possible about the greatness of the past, which, of course, is not based on legends'. A very noble principle indeed, but his abuse of Masaryk's authority was not in agreement with this credo. It is, of course, not customary for politicians or ideologues to distance themselves from the truth of history. It is a fact that different people see and interpret truth differently, even with the most noble intentions.
6 Towards the end of his career Palacky reconfirmed his demand of Czech self-government by stating, in 1872, that should the Czechs fall under the domination of either the Russian or the Prussian empire, they would never resign to their fate, remembering that 'from time immemorial they should only be subjected to themselves, that is to their government, their own ruler'. 7 When Masaryk wrote in Our Present Crisis that he accepted PalackY's programme of Czech state rights 'without any mental reservation', he stressed at the same time PalackY's and his own wish to remain in the framework of the Austrian Empire.
G. Masaryk in Perspective, Comments and Criticism (1981), p. 42. Patocka, pp. 86, 92, 90 resp. Masaryk, The Making of A State, pp. 366, 422-3. Patocka, pp. 8,87-8. Patocka cites Radl as the one man in the 30s who understood that Bohemia could have taken a historic role. Ibid, p. 91. ), Carlyle, On Heroes. Hero-Worship, and the Heroic in History (Boston, 1901), pp. 1-2, 226. Radl, Masarykfiv ideal, pp. 19, 18, 21. VacIav Havel et aI, Citizens against the state in central-eastern Europe, ed. by John Keane (Armonk, New York), 1985; Skilling, Charter 77 and Human Rights in Czechoslovakia (London, 1981).