Friday, 31 March 2023 to Sunday, 2 April 2023

Arms Dealing in Normalization-era Czechoslovakia in Three Biographies

Fri31  Mar04:15pm(20 mins)
Fore Hall


Rosamund Johnston1
1 Research Center for the History of Transformations, Austria


This paper takes the biographies of three arms dealers to disentangle the institutional interests that attached themselves to Czechoslovak transborder workers during the late socialist period, and the varied institutional interests that converged upon Czechoslovakia’s lucrative Cold War arms trade. Taken together, these profiles reveal a truly global picture of the normalization-era Czechoslovak arms trade, whose actors sought to arm right-wing military juntas, theocratic republics, members of the Non-Aligned Movement, and neutral European states.