The Lust For Power: Nationalism, Slovakia, and the Communists, 1918-1948
By Yeshayahu A. Jelinek
East European Monographs, 1983, 185 pp.
An Israeli historian of Czechoslovakian background traces the tortuous development of various approaches (Czech, Slovak, Czecho-Slovak, and Soviet) on the part of communist leaders to the question of Slovakia's place in Czechoslovakia and in Central Europe. The evidence is far from complete but sufficient to document the author's main theme, the strength of Slovak nationalism and its importance in the communist struggle for power.