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1968 in Prague and Bratislava
1968 in Prague and Bratislava

Author(s): Dieter Segert
Subject(s): Media studies, Political history, Government/Political systems, Politics and society, Post-War period (1950 - 1989), History of Communism, Politics of History/Memory
Published by: Kolegium Europy Wschodniej im. Jana Nowaka-Jeziorańskiego we Wrocławiu
Keywords: 1968; Prague; Bratislava; Prague Spring; political hope; Leadership; Reform agenda;

Summary/Abstract: “1968” happened not only on the streets of the cities in the United States, in Paris and Berlin (West), but also in Prague and Bratislava. Soviet tanks and people on the street protesting against it determine the collective memory of this year. However, the eastern “1968” was more than that. There was a reform movement and a lot of hope. The changes started with the party congress of the Czechoslovak communists at the end of 1962. The Czechoslovak reforms did not begin in the streets as a protest movement against the rulers, but started at a meeting of the ruling party at which the communists criticised their own policies. The central keyword is political rehabilitation.

  • Issue Year: 2021
  • Issue No: 05 (48)
  • Page Range: 106-110
  • Page Count: 5
  • Language: English