Ideological offensive: the East German leadership, the Prague Spring and the Warsaw Pact Invasion of August 1968

STIBBE, Matthew (2018). Ideological offensive: the East German leadership, the Prague Spring and the Warsaw Pact Invasion of August 1968. In: MCDERMOTT, Kevin and STIBBE, Matthew, (eds.) Eastern Europe in 1968: responses to the Prague Spring and Warsaw Pact Invasion. London, Palgrave Macmillan, 97-123.

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Official URL: https://www.palgrave.com/gb/book/9783319770680
Link to published version:: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-77069-7

Abstract

Stibbe provides a detailed analysis of East German reactions to the Prague Spring and Warsaw Pact invasion of Czechoslovakia in 1968. His main emphasis is on the ideological challenge that Dubček’s reforms posed to the GDR variant of state socialism, and he places this within the broader framework of triangular relations between East Germany, West Germany and Czechoslovakia. He explores East German leader Walter Ulbricht’s role in the broader Warsaw Pact deliberations that led to military intervention, and his reaction to Moscow’s last-minute decision not to deploy GDR ground troops on Czechoslovak territory. He also explains why the Stasi were particularly concerned about the political reliability of students, even though most students seemed passive and loyal to the regime in the wake of the invasion.

Item Type: Book Section
Research Institute, Centre or Group - Does NOT include content added after October 2018: Humanities Research Centre
Departments - Does NOT include content added after October 2018: Faculty of Social Sciences and Humanities > Department of Humanities
Identification Number: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-77069-7
Depositing User: Matthew Stibbe
Date Deposited: 18 Jun 2018 11:18
Last Modified: 15 Oct 2018 08:58
URI: http://shura.shu.ac.uk/id/eprint/21597

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