Cold War: The Munich Agreement and after 1938-9 Return to the case study menu
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Comprehension
3a According to the report, did the USSR know anything about the Munich Agreement? Choose one short extract from the source to support your answer.
3b Who was the aggressor?
3c Choose another extract from the source which shows that the USSR did not approve of the Munich Agreement.


Analysis and Interpretation
3d Look at the following list of points about this source:
  • It was written by a British government official.
  • It was a secret report not meant for publication.
  • It was written in Moscow.
  • Its purpose is to simply describe what is being said in the Soviet press.
Which of these points would you see as strengths or weaknesses of the source in terms of finding out about the Soviet reaction to the Munich Agreement? Explain your answer.
3e Look at Source 4. Does it suggest that this source is an accurate reflection of what the Soviet press was saying? Explain your answer.
3f This report simply describes what the Soviet press said about the Agreement. Use this source and the other material in this case study to reconstruct an article from a Soviet newspaper of the time commenting on the Munich Agreement. You will have to take the main points in this source and make them the basis of your article.

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The Big Question
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A report from the British Ambassador in Moscow to the Foreign Office, October 1938. It is commenting on how the Soviet newspapers reacted to the Munich Agreement

A report from the British Ambassador in Moscow to the Foreign Office, October 1938. It is commenting on how the Soviet newspapers reacted to the Munich Agreement