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Course of Our Times, The; Czechoslovakia And The “Prague Spring,” 1968


Original date 12/11/78. Dubbed from A2-02443.

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Course of Our Times, The
Czechoslovakia And The “Prague Spring,” 1968
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Historical survey hosted by Abram Sachar, Brandeis University. Series release date: 1973

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“The death of Stalin in 1953 ended a thirty year rule during which the old buccaneer had pursued his terror with such malevolence that popular volume in Italy referred to the ‘planet’ Russia, as if it were indeed another world. The new leaders took advantage of Stalin’s death to modify his tight dictatorship. In the succeeding years, while the essential features of the Communist dogma remained, there was a thaw in the domestic policies and the constraints on national loyalty in the satellite states were loosened. Where such liberalization did not threaten the hegemony of the Kremlin, as in Poland, East Germany and most of the Balkan states, good relations with the Soviet Union were maintained. In Hungary the thaw led to outright defiance and the revolt was crushed with overwhelming force. In Czechoslovakia, under the leadership of Alexander Dubcek, the nationalist fervor got out of control and the Soviet masters were fearful that the country would repudiate its ties with Russia. In the spring of 1968 the crisis came to a bloody climax and Czechoslovakia was given the Hungarian treatment.”



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Chicago: “Course of Our Times, The; Czechoslovakia And The “Prague Spring,” 1968,” 12/11/1978, WGBH Media Library & Archives, accessed July 17, 2019, http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_C43197E3DFCD4FAEB4BE5DC372D71780.
MLA: “Course of Our Times, The; Czechoslovakia And The “Prague Spring,” 1968.” 12/11/1978. WGBH Media Library & Archives. Web. July 17, 2019. <http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_C43197E3DFCD4FAEB4BE5DC372D71780>.
APA: Course of Our Times, The; Czechoslovakia And The “Prague Spring,” 1968. Boston, MA: WGBH Media Library & Archives. Retrieved from http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_C43197E3DFCD4FAEB4BE5DC372D71780
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