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Czechoslovakia in Africa, 1945-1968 (Hardcover) (Philip Muehlenbeck)

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After World War II, Czechoslovakia sought to develop both economic and diplomatic relations with nearly every state in Africa. It created financial, cultural, and political ties to many African states, which led to the opening of Czech cultural centers, Czech movie weeks, and the study of the Czech language throughout Africa. Over two thousand African students studied at Czechoslovak universities free of charge. Furthermore, the Czechoslovak government gave significant amounts of military aid to newly established national armies of independent African states as well as to national liberation movements still fighting against European colonialism. Czechoslovakia's involvement in Africa was massive in scale when its small population and size of its national economy is considered. This book explores these events in wider Cold War historiography, then provides contextual background information on the evolution of communist Czechoslovakia's pro-Soviet foreign policy orientation. This shift in Soviet foreign policy made Africa a priority for the Soviet bloc.
Number of Pages: 271
Genre: History
Sub-Genre: Africa
Format: Hardcover
Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
Author: Philip Muehlenbeck
Language: English
Street Date: November 4, 2015
TCIN: 50241675
UPC: 9781137561442
Item Number (DPCI): 248-04-6801

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