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The Munich Agreement doomed the first Czechoslovak Republic, paving the way for its March 1939 invasion by Nazi Germany eighty years ago. Chamberlain famously proclaimed ‘peace for our time’ on his return from the Munich conference, while Daladier muttered: ‘the fools, if only they knew what they are cheering’. The Czechoslovaks knew all along. As for the Germans, they were not as united behind Hitler as is sometimes believed. P.E. Caquet, author of the recently-published The Bell of Treason: the 1938 Munich Agreement in Czechoslovakia, will present these differing perspectives and explain how they made possible the tragedy that was Munich.
Professor Caquet is a historian at the University of Cambridge, where he completed his PhD, and is a senior member of the Cambridge College Hughes Hall. Prior to studying at Cambridge, Mr Caquet lived for ten years in Prague where he pursued a business career. The Bell of Treason was published by Profile Books in the UK last year and is expected to be released in the USA and the Czech Republic this year.
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