Carpatho-Ukraine in the Twentieth Century offers political memoirs and commentary by Vincent Shandor, an elder statesman who served as head of the Carpatho-Ukrainian Representation to the Prague Federal government during the period preceding and at the beginning of World War II. From his unique first-person perspective, Shandor analyzes the shifting political and legal status of Carpatho-Ukraine from the twilight of the Habsburg Empire through the region's two decades as Czechoslovak "Subcarpathian Ruthenia" and onto the wartime reoccupation by Hungary and the region's ultimate incorporation into the Ukrainian SSR. Significant both as scholarly critique and as autobiography, Shandor's work presents materials never before available in English about events leading up to and during World War II. It will be valuable to all those interested in the twentieth-century development of Central Europe.
This volume is a welcome contribution to the history of this ancient Ukrainian Rus' land located south of the Carpathain mountains. Written by an individual who played an important role as the representative of this land in Czechoslovak government circles during the years leading up to World War II, this book offers new documentary evidence on the incorporation of this land in the Czechoslovak republic, its geopolitical importance, Hungarian, Polish, and German maneuvering in the region, the eventual dependence, and the region's incorporation into the Ukrainian SSR in 1945...The book is very welcome, not only for its insights into the workings of the internal machinery of Czechoslovakia in the interwar period and especially in 1938, but as a lesson for statesmen of today who in a highly fractious world have to deal with similar problems in the Balkans and various countries of Africa that continue to suffer the legacy of their imperialist past.
- Harvard Ukrainian Research Institute
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