The Czechoslovak Sphinx: 'Moderate and Reasonable' Konrad Henlein

Cornwall, Mark (2011) The Czechoslovak Sphinx: 'Moderate and Reasonable' Konrad Henlein. In, Haynes, Rebecca and Rady, Martyn (eds.) In the Shadow of Hitler: Personalities of the Right in Central and Eastern Europe. London, UK, I.B. Tauris, 206-226. (International Library of Twentieth Centruy History).


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This article uses Czech and German material to reassess the career of the controversial Sudeten German nationalist politician, Konrad Henlein (1898-1945). It particularly seeks to clarify the behaviour of a man who many in 1930s Britain viewed as 'moderate', and pinpoints turning points in his life and career which finally led him towards Nazi Germany after 1937 as a solution for Czech-German nationalist tensions in Czechoslovakia. The chapter is contained in a volume of essays which reassesses right-wing and fascist personalities of East-Central Europe in the early 20th century. Henlein is revealed as alternatively 'moderate' and 'Nazi' to the outside observer, but in essence a man with a Sudeten voelkisch mentality

Item Type: Book Section
ISBNs: 1845116976
Keywords: konrad henlein, sudeten german, czechoslovakia, nationalism
Subjects: D History General and Old World > D History (General) > D204 Modern History
D History General and Old World > D History (General) > D501 World War I
D History General and Old World > D History (General) > D731 World War II
D History General and Old World > DB Austria
Divisions : University Structure - Pre August 2011 > School of Humanities > History
ePrint ID: 80517
Accepted Date and Publication Date:
10 May 2011Published
Date Deposited: 24 Mar 2010
Last Modified: 31 Mar 2016 13:17

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