The Origins of Czechoslovak statehood and Russia
Аuthor: Олег Айрапетов, Юрий Борисёнок, Александр Полунов, Кирилл Шевченко
The collective monograph written by Russian, Czech and Slovak historians offers in-depth and multifaceted analysis of various and most important aspects of the formation of Czechoslovak statehood in the late 19th - early 20th centuries, as well as the influence of Russia on the process of Czechoslovak nation-building in the 20th century. The article by the Russian historian A. Polunov traces the evolution of the views of the famous political and public figure of Russia K.P. Pobedonostsev on the Czech national movement in the 19th century. The role of Russia at the initial stage of the Czechoslovak liberation movement during the "Great War" in 1914-1918 became the subject of research by the Russian military historian O. Airapetov and the Czech historian J. Vaculik. K. Shevchenko’s article comprehensively examines the role of interwar Czechoslovakia in the modern history of Carpathian Rusyns and Carpathian Rus. Having joined the Czechoslovak republic in 1919 as a small part of the traditional "Russian world", where at that time the ideas of the all-Russian unity dominated among the local Rusyn intelligentsia, Carpathian Rus became an additional connecting, albeit very contradictory, link between the Russian and Czech cultures. The Russian historian Yu. Borisenok in his captivating research conducts a comparative analysis of the views and attitudes of the first President of Czechoslovakia T. G. Masaryk and the famous Polish politician and thinker Jan Kuсharzewski; towards Russia and the Russian history. The work of Slovak historian A. Randin examines the influence of the Hussite tradition on the formation of Czech state ideology.