International Correspondence Networks of T. G. Masaryk and the establishment of Czechoslovakia in 1918

The project aims to digitalize and to map the international correspondence of T. G. Masaryk between1870–1918. The project is focused on Masaryk’s networking and correspondence relations before and during the World War I. It asks to what extent Masaryk’s networks supported his political goals and in what way these networks contributed to the establishment of the Czechoslovakia in 1918. As a result of these networks, Masaryk made a small East-Central European nation visible in a global context and strengthened the national identity and statehood of Czechsand Slovaks. Through the collection and digitalization of T. G. Masaryk’s international correspondence, the project contributes to the preservation of many unknown and poorly available sources on the life and the work of the first Czechoslovak president. Moreover, the project makes Masaryk’s person and workavailable to wide public.