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Priest, Politician, CollaboratorJozef Tiso and the Making of Fascist Slovakia$
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James Mace Ward

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780801449888

Published to Cornell Scholarship Online: August 2016

DOI: 10.7591/cornell/9780801449888.001.0001

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The Failure of “Activism,” 1925–33

The Failure of “Activism,” 1925–33

Chapter Four The Failure of “Activism,” 1925–33
Priest, Politician, Collaborator

James Mace Ward

Cornell University Press

This chapter discusses Tito's efforts to craft a new relationship between the Ľudáks (Slovak People's Party) and the often progressive centralists who ran Czechoslovakia from 1925 to 1933. In the 1925 elections, he skillfully exploited Catholic and Slovak resentments, helping to reap a breakthrough victory for the Ľudáks. In 1926, he overcame factionalism within his party to lead it into government with non-Socialist centralists, winning himself a cabinet post. After this coalition collapsed in 1929, Tiso moved to take over the party, which he hoped to reshape in his moderate image. Tiso thus sought an “activist,” or pro-state, label for the Ľudáks.

Keywords:   Jozef Tiso, Czechoslovak politics, Czechoslovakia, Ľudáks, Catholics, Slovaks, political parties, Slovak People's Party

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