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 pp. 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 (print)
9781845116972 (print)
Keywords: konrad henlein, sudeten german, czechoslovakia, nationalism

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10 May 2011Published
Date Deposited: 24 Mar 2010
Last Modified: 18 Apr 2017 20:09
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