Czech-German Relations the Politics of Central Europe: From by Jürgen Tampke

By Jürgen Tampke

Within the aftermath of worldwide conflict II, nearly 3 million Sudeten-Germans have been expelled from their houses within the former Czechoslovakia as a result of their half within the dismemberment of the Czechoslovak Republic by way of Nazi Germany in 1938-39. for a few years their representatives, the Sudeten-German organization, tried in useless to redress the inaccurate performed to their humans. even though, the top of the chilly struggle has given a brand new impetus to their crusade. presently they try and block Czech access into the european until there's restitution of confiscated houses. J?rgen Tampke tells the tale of the Sudeten-Germans from the start in their payment seven-hundred years in the past in what's now the Czech Republic to present instances.

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The final draft of the constitution allowed for a bicameral legislation to be elected by a liberal – though not full – manhood suffrage. The upper chamber, which was in charge of legislative matters, was to present the traditional crown lands, with the proviso that nationally mixed crown lands should be subdivided into homogenous districts whose representatives were added to the crown lands’ delegation in the upper chamber. This would ensure that traditional political entities would be preserved, but also that there was a national organization on the lower administrative level to serve the interests of national minorities in the multinational crown lands.

17 As far as Germany was concerned, President Wilson’s Fourteen Points had caused concern among the Entente powers from the moment they were presented. Officially the British, French and Italian governments had backed his proposals. After all, they included some of the Allies’ key demands – the withdrawal of German troops from France, Belgium and Russia, the guarantee of free access to the sea for Poland and readjustment of Italian frontiers – and, of course, the last thing they could afford to do at the beginning of 1918 was to put off their valuable new ally.

Yet Stadion’s constitution, too, was put on ice for a decade by the spirit of neo-absolutism that marked the years after the 1848 Revolution, and, when it finally became enacted in a watered-down version in 1860, its impact was limited. The cause of European nationalism gathered further momentum in 1860 with the unification of Italy. ’ The year 1867 was a milestone for the development of Czech nationalism and the history of the Bohemian lands. The disastrous defeat of the empire at the hands of Prussia had led to a compromise with the 18 Czech–German Relations and the Politics of Central Europe Magyar gentry resulting in the establishment of an Austro-Hungarian ‘dual monarchy’.

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