The Origins and Scope of Domestic Reform in Czechoslovakia in 1968
Sweenie, Thomas B.
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Post World War II Czechoslovakia found the Soviet version of the marxist ideal imposed upon it by a power which it could not realistically resist. The events of 1968 may be viewed as the attempt of one small nation to define and clarify its own interpretation of marxist dogma as it pertained to a particular nation at a particular stage in history. It was the attempt of a group of people to try to implement their system of an idealized society, albeit not an original system, but nevertheless an original interpretation. The viability of their interpretation of this system was thwarted by forces over which they had no control. Had they succeeded, the whole form of the socialist movement would doubtless have been radically altered. Never before had a socialist government garnered such a degree of popular support. Whether or not it would have continued to do so will never be known. The actual duration of the Prague Spring was relatively short, lasting eight months, from January to August of 1968. This period is characterized more by a consolidation of power and a drawing up of programs rather than their implementation. It is also characterized by a deteriorating relationship with the Soviet Union. However, the emphasis of this paper is on the domestic reform movement, so that consequently a minimum of attention is paid to Czechoslovak foreign relations during this period.If you are not a current K College student, faculty, or staff member, email email@example.com to request access to this SIP.