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The Prague Spring and its Aftermath
Czechoslovak Politics, 1968–1970

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  • Date Published: May 2012
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  • isbn: 9781139241151

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  • The Prague Spring of 1968 was among the most important episodes in postwar European politics--one of the few pre-Gorbachev attempts to reform one-party communist rule. In this book Kieran Williams analyzes the attempt at reform under Alexander Dubcek and its suppression by the Soviet Union, using archive materials and other sources that have become available in the wake of the 1989 revolution. The book will provide new information for specialists as well as introductory analysis and narrative for students of East European politics and history and Soviet foreign policy.

    • The first post-1989 analysis of one of the most important episodes in recent European history: the rise of reform in Czechoslovakia, and its suppression by the USSR
    • Uses declassified documents from party archives of Czechoslovakia and USSR
    • Offers new information for specialists, but also a concise introduction to the subject for students
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    Reviews & endorsements

    "Williams's study is richly detailed, clearly written and organized, and focuses mostly on political elites. It provides new information for specialists as well as insight to those who come to the topic for the first time." Choice

    "This book is, however, distinctive in its thorough use of Czechoslovak archival sources, which offer striking documentation of the attitudes of the principal actors in the story." H. Gordon Skilling, American Historical Review

    "...Williams skillfully reconstructs the events leading up to the August 1968 invasion and the period of `normalization' that followed." Fred Eidlin, Slavic Review

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    • Date Published: May 2012
    • format: Adobe eBook Reader
    • isbn: 9781139241151
    • availability: This ISBN is for an eBook version which is distributed on our behalf by a third party.
  • Table of Contents

    Part I. Liberalization, Intervention and Normalization:
    1. Liberalization
    2. Intervention
    3. Normalization
    Part II. January 1968–December 1970
    4. The erosion of Soviet trust
    5. The failure of Operation Danube
    6. Dubcek's normalization
    7. The realist ascendancy
    8. The security police in the Dubcek period
    9. After Dubcek.

  • Author

    Kieran Williams, University of London

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