Stalin's Policy towards Czechoslovakia 1938-1939

  • Igor Lukes
Keywords: Czechoslovakia, Soviet Union, Stalin, Hitler, German-Soviet Pact 1939


The author presents the attitude of the Soviet Union and Stalin to the 1938 Czechoslovak-German crisis. He analyses the existing works of historians and writers of memoirs about the standpoints of Moscow/Stalin with regard to the Czechoslovak crisis of 1938 and also the Polish crisis of 1939. The author establishes that the Soviet Union did not intend to provide the Prague government with any military aid for its struggle against the Nazi Germany. The evidence (archive materials) shows that in 1938 and 1939 the Kremlin hoped that the French-British alliance would get involved in the conflict with the Third Reich, while the Soviet Union preserved the freedom of action for itself.