Tomáš Garrigue Masaryk: The Father of Czechoslovak Independence
Oct28

Tomáš Garrigue Masaryk: The Father of Czechoslovak Independence

At a corner of the Hradčany Square in front of the Prague Castle stands a bronze statue of an elderly man with the letters TGM on the pedestal. The man is Tomáš Garrigue Masaryk, a philosopher and also a politician whose finest hour came when he was well into his 60’s. During World War I he advocated the independence of Czechoslovakia. He then served 17 years as the first President of the new state. His death in 1937 was seen by...

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Tracking the Czechoslovak Legions in Prague (part 1)
Apr08

Tracking the Czechoslovak Legions in Prague (part 1)

In quite a lot of places in Prague you can find remembrances of the short history of the Czechoslovak legions of World War I. This is not surprising considering how important the legions were for the independence of Czechoslovakia in 1918, and its international positions in later years. The legions were formed as part of armies of the Entente either from Czech and Slovak men living in France, Italy or Russia or, in most cases, from...

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