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The Prague Spring, 1968

Compiled and edited by Jaromir Navratil with Antonin Bencik,
Vaclav Kural, Marie Michalkova, and Jitka Vondrova

With a preface by Vaclav Havel and a forword by H. Gordon Skilling

"The volume constitutes an unparalleled resource of primary documentation on the events of 1968, which is of inestimable value for future researchers, and equally valuable for classroom use and for a broader attentive public."
- from the foreword by H. Gordon Skilling, University of Toronto

"The Prague Spring '68 helps answer the question of why the Soviets invaded Czechoslovakia as it had Hungary, while it overlooked insubordination elsewhere."
- New York Times

"This work, the first to document the invasion of Czechoslovakia from the viewpoints of the nations of the Iron Curtain and the West, is a spectacular contribution to the area of political studies. Indeed this work is a tribute to the unification of the Czech and Slovak peoples against a force which greatly outnumbered them in manpower and outweighed them in sheer strength.this work is a must for scholars of political and social studies, as well as for historians. However, the non-scholar is equally important when one looks at the scope of the historical and political content of this immense effort."
- Slavic and East European Journal

This is the first ever documented account of a Cold War crisis as seen from both sides of the Iron Curtain. Based on unprecedented access to the previously closed archives of each member-state of the Warsaw Pact, this book offers a unique look at a deeply divisive intra-bloc crisis.

Presented in a highly readable form, the book offers top-level documents from Kremlin Politburo meetings, multi-lateral sessions of the Warsaw Pact leading up to the decision to invade, and even transcriptions of KGB-recorded phone conversations between Leonid Brezhnev and Alexander Dubcek. Once highly classified American documents from the National Security Council, CIA, and other relevant agencies acquired through the U.S. Freedom of Information Act have also been included.

In order to provide a historical and political context, the editors have included an introductory essay for each section of the volume. A chronology, glossary, and bibliography offer further background information for the reader. As members of the commission appointed by Václav Havel to investigate the events of 1967-1970, the editors have a unique Czech-Slovak perspective to offer to foreign audiences.

Jaromír Navrátil holds a Ph.D. in military history from the Military Political Academy, Moscow, and a Doctorate of Law from Masaryk University, Brno.

 

Contents

Preface: Foreword: Introduction: Chapter 1: A prelude to the Prague Spring of 1968 Chapter 2: From January to Dresden Chapter 3: Revision, reform, revolution? Chapter 4: The July crisis Chapter 5: August - the month of intervention Chapter 6: The aftermath Chapter 7: Documentary epilogue

1998
636 pages + 8 pages with black and white photos
ISBN 978-963-9116-67-7 paperback $40.00 / €35.00 / £30.00

Published in the series: National Security Cold War Readers
ISSN 1587-2416

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