The 'Anti Prague Spring' and Warsaw Pact Invasion through the Soviet and East European lens

MCDERMOTT, Kevin and STIBBE, Matthew (2018). The 'Anti Prague Spring' and Warsaw Pact Invasion through the Soviet and East European lens. In: MCDERMOTT, Kevin and STIBBE, Matthew, (eds.) Eastern Europe in 1968: responses to the Prague Spring and Warsaw Pact Invasion. London, Palgrave Macmillan, 1-22.

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McDermott and Stibbe place the Prague Spring and Warsaw Pact invasion of Czechoslovakia in the context of broader global upheavals in the year 1968, and then explain what these challenges to the post-war order looked like from the more regionally-specific perspective of Soviet and East European actors. Responses to Dubček’s reforms, both in Czechoslovakia and in neighbouring communist countries, were complex and varied. The chapter looks at how and why the ‘Warsaw Pact Five’ (the Soviet Union, East Germany, Poland, Hungary and Bulgaria) reached a decision to intervene militarily in August 1968, and why Romania, Yugoslavia and Albania opposed this move. It also demonstrates how the invasion led to new and diverse ways of thinking about the state, patriotism, geography and borders across the region.

Item Type: Book Section
Research Institute, Centre or Group: Humanities Research Centre
Departments: Faculty of Social Sciences and Humanities > Department of Humanities
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Depositing User: Matthew Stibbe
Date Deposited: 18 Jun 2018 11:15
Last Modified: 15 Oct 2018 09:04

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