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Eastern Europe in 1968

Responses to the Prague Spring and Warsaw Pact Invasion

Editors: McDermott, Kevin, Stibbe, Matthew (Eds.)

  • Evaluates the influence of the Prague Spring reforms in Czechoslovakia on all the countries of the former Soviet bloc 
  • Utiilises a comparative approach, combining 'history from above' with 'history from below' methodologies
  • Analyses new material from state and secret police archives
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This collection of thirteen essays examines reactions in Eastern Europe to the Prague Spring and Warsaw Pact invasion of Czechoslovakia in 1968. Countries covered include the Soviet Union and specific Soviet republics (Ukraine, Moldavia, the Baltic States), together with two chapters on Czechoslovakia and one each on East Germany, Poland, Hungary, Bulgaria, Romania, Yugoslavia and Albania. The individual contributions explain why most of these communist regimes opposed Alexander Dubček’s reforms and supported the Soviet-led military intervention in August 1968, and why some stood apart. They also explore public reactions in Eastern Europe to the events of 1968, including instances of popular opposition to the crushing of the Prague Spring, expressions of loyalty to Soviet-style socialism, and cases of indifference or uncertainty. Among the many complex legacies of the East European ‘1968’ was the development of new ways of thinking about regional identity, state borders, de-Stalinisation and the burdens of the past. 

About the authors

Kevin McDermott is Professor of Modern East European History at Sheffield Hallam University, UK.
Matthew Stibbe is Professor of Modern European History at Sheffield Hallam University, UK.

Table of contents (13 chapters)

  • The Prague Spring and Warsaw Pact Invasion Through the Soviet and East European Lens

    McDermott, Kevin (et al.)

    Pages 1-22

  • For a Civic Socialism and the Rule of Law: The Interplay of Jurisprudence, Public Opinion and Dissent in Czechoslovakia, 1960s–1980s

    Williams, Kieran (et al.)

    Pages 23-43

  • The ‘Anti-Prague Spring’: Neo-Stalinist and Ultra-Leftist Extremism in Czechoslovakia, 1968–70

    McDermott, Kevin (et al.)

    Pages 45-69

  • The Impact of the Prague Spring on the USSR

    Wojnowski, Zbigniew

    Pages 71-96

  • Ideological Offensive: The East German Leadership, the Prague Spring and the Warsaw Pact Invasion of August 1968

    Stibbe, Matthew

    Pages 97-123

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eBook £71.50
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  • ISBN 978-3-319-77069-7
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Hardcover £89.99
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  • ISBN 978-3-319-77068-0
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Eastern Europe in 1968
Book Subtitle
Responses to the Prague Spring and Warsaw Pact Invasion
Editors
  • Kevin McDermott
  • Matthew Stibbe
Copyright
2018
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-3-319-77069-7
DOI
10.1007/978-3-319-77069-7
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-319-77068-0
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XXIII, 311
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