1968: Prague Spring III

Introduction: A Moment in Time, 1968: A special series on the 40th anniversary of a year of upheaval, in a world seemingly out of control.

Content: In early August 1968 it seemed as though the Czechs had pulled it off. Following a long series of so-called “staff maneuvers,” and in response to pressure from Czechoslovakian leaders, Soviet troops had withdrawn from the country. Czechs began to breathe a little easier. Their attempt to reform Communism, in the words of Czech Party leader Alexander Dubcek, to put a human face on socialism, no longer seemed under threat. Their euphoria did not last for long.

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