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By James Ramon Felak

ISBN-10: 0822943743

ISBN-13: 9780822943747

ISBN-10: 0822961377

ISBN-13: 9780822961376

After Hitler, earlier than Stalin examines the the most important postwar interval in Slovakia, following Nazi career and finishing with the Communist coup of February1948. Centering his paintings round the significant political position of the Catholic Church and its leaders, James Ramon Felak bargains a desirable learn of the interrelationship of Slovak Catholics, Democrats, and Communists. He offers an in-depth exam of Communist rules towards Catholics and their options to court docket Catholic citizens, and he chronicles the range of political stances Catholics maintained in the course of Slovakia's political turmoil.

Felak opens via delivering a historical past on pre-war and wartime Slovak politics, particularly the increase of Slovak Catholic nationalism and Slovakia's alignment with Nazi Germany in the course of global battle II. He then describes the union shaped within the famed “April contract” of 1946 among the Democratic get together and Catholics that assured a landslide victory for the Democrats and insured a place for Catholics within the new regime. Felak perspectives different significant political occasions of the interval, together with: the 1947 Czechoslovak conflict crimes trial of pop Jozef Tiso; schooling coverage; the remedy of the Hungarian minority; the trumped-up “anti-state conspiracy” circulation led by means of police within the Fall of 1947; and the following Communist putsch.

Through broad study in Slovak nationwide records, together with these of the Democratic and Communist events, After Hitler, ahead of Stalin assembles a complete research of the primary political forces and occasions of this tumultuous interval and the complicated motivations at the back of them.

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