After Hitler, Before Stalin: Catholics, Communists, and by James Ramon Felak

By James Ramon Felak

After Hitler, sooner than Stalin examines the the most important postwar interval in Slovakia, following Nazi profession and finishing with the Communist coup of February1948. Centering his paintings round the significant political function of the Catholic Church and its leaders, James Ramon Felak bargains a desirable examine of the interrelationship of Slovak Catholics, Democrats, and Communists. He offers an in-depth exam of Communist regulations towards Catholics and their concepts to courtroom Catholic citizens, and he chronicles the diversity of political stances Catholics maintained in the course of Slovakia's political turmoil.

Felak opens by means of supplying 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 international struggle 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 battle crimes trial of dad Jozef Tiso; schooling coverage; the therapy of the Hungarian minority; the trumped-up “anti-state conspiracy” circulate led via police within the Fall of 1947; and the following Communist putsch.

Through broad study in Slovak nationwide files, together with these of the Democratic and Communist events, After Hitler, sooner than Stalin assembles a accomplished examine of the essential political forces and occasions of this tumultuous interval and the advanced motivations in the back of them.

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