Dreams of a great small nation : the mutinous army that threatened a revolution, destroyed an empire, founded a republic, and remade the map of Europe / Kevin J. McNamara.
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|Location||Call Number / Copy Notes||Barcode||Shelving Location||Status||Due Date|
|Greenwood Public Library - Greenwood||943.703 MCN (Text)||36626103751962||Adult Nonfiction||Available||-|
- ISBN: 9781610394840
- ISBN: 1610394844
- Physical Description: xvii, 395 pages : maps ; 25 cm
- Edition: First edition.
- Publisher: New York, NY : PublicAffairs, 
- Copyright: ©2016
|Bibliography, etc. Note:|| Includes bibliographical references (pages 331-379) and index.
|Formatted Contents Note:|| Losing a great war -- Under enemy eyes -- Inside enemy lands -- Masaryk's exile -- Russia unravels -- The odyssey begins -- The seizure of Siberia -- The ambivalent intervention -- The moment of truth -- The view from Siberia.
|Summary, etc.:|| In 1917, two empires that had dominated much of Europe and Asia teetered on the edge of the abyss, exhausted by the ruinous cost in blood and treasure of the First World War. As Imperial Russia and Habsburg-ruled Austria-Hungary began to succumb, a small group of Czech and Slovak combat veterans stranded in Siberia saw an opportunity to realize their long-held dream of independence. While their plan was audacious and complex, and involved moving their 50,000-strong army by land and sea across three-quarters of the earth's expanse, their commitment to fight for the Allies on the Western Front riveted the attention of Allied London, Paris, and Washington. On their journey across Siberia, a brawl erupted at a remote Trans-Siberian rail station that sparked a wholesale rebellion. The marauding Czecho-Slovak Legion seized control of the Trans-Siberian Railroad, and with it Siberia. In the end, this small band of POWs and deserters, whose strength was seen by Leon Trotsky as the chief threat to Soviet rule, helped destroy the Austro-Hungarian Empire and found Czecho-Slovakia.
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