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„Пражката пролет” – 1968 г. и някои аспекти на нейното отражение в България
„The Prague Spring” of 1968 and the Influence of Some of its Aspects on Bulgaria

Author(s): Vladimir Migev
Subject(s): Cultural history, Diplomatic history, Political history, Post-War period (1950 - 1989), Cold-War History
Published by: Institut za noviju istoriju Srbije
Summary/Abstract: Important liberalization of the regime in Bulgaria in early 1960s increased the interest of Bulgarian intelligenzia for Czechoslovakia. Bulgarians were particularly impressed by films about „the Czech wonder in the cinema” which showed a new freedom-loving spirit which had already gained ground in Czechoslovakia. With the beginning of the „Prague Spring”(January 1968) the authorities imposed a total informational „blackout” about events in the brotherly Slavic country. Tendentious and „debunking” materials against the „Czechoslovak revisionists” became more frequent during spring and summer. However, the Bulgarian public found ways to get information about the real state of affairs, mainly by listening to Western and Yugoslav radio stations. The days of the „State Security” showed that the majority of Bulgarians, particularly the young and students, reacted positively to the „Prague Spring”. Due to the large influx of unoffi cial information, the government was forced to report, albeit on a limited scale, about the struggle of Czechs and Slovaks against the occupiers after August 21.

  • Page Range: 215-228
  • Page Count: 14
  • Publication Year: 2008
  • Language: Bulgarian