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: Long-suppressed aspirations for democracy in Czechoslovakia opened the way to an experiment - “socialism with a human face.” Elsewhere in the Soviet bloc, however, there was growing concern that the Czechs departure from party orthodoxy might threaten the foundations of the entire enterprise.

On January 5th, 1968, there came to power in Prague a most extraordinary individual. Alexander Dubcek was part of the Communist inner circle. Raised in Kyrgyzstan in Central Asia, he returned to Czechoslovakia in 1938 and was part of the Czech underground struggle against the Nazis during World War II. His loyal service to the Party was rewarded in 1962 when he became a member of the Presidium of the Central Committee.

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