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Dreams of a Great Small Nation
Author: Kevin J McNamara

ISBN: 9781610394840
Format: Hardcover
Number Of Pages: 416
Published: 1 June 2016
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 23.5 x 15.6 x 3.8
Description:
On May 23, 1918, the Czechoslovak Legion was waiting to board a train in Chelyabinsk, then the Westernmost terminus of the Trans Siberian Railway. The hope was that these 50,000 men would then board Allied ships that would circumnavigate the globe and deposit them in the trenches on behalf of the Allies-for whom they would fight in exchange for a country of their own. But, on that day, at the height of the German offensive in the West and on the 300th anniversary of the Defenestration of Prague, a Czech soldier killed an Austrian during a mass brawl.

It was a seemingly minor incident, but it would set in motion a series of events that would forever alter the course of 20th century history.

About the Author

Kevin J. McNamara followed the path taken by the Czecho-Slovak Legion shortly after the fall of the Soviet Union, traveling almost 2,000 miles along the Trans-Siberian Railway. He was subsequently awarded research grants by the Earhart and Tawani Foundations to acquire and translate from Czech to English first-hand accounts by the men who had served in the legion, which were...

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