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For about eight months in 1968 Czechoslovakia underwent rapid and radical changes that were unparalleled in the history of communist reform; in the eight months that followed, those changes were dramatically reversed. H. Gordon Skilling provides a comprehensive analysis of the events of 1968, assessing their significance both for Czechoslovakia and for communism generally. The author's account is based on all available written sources, including unpublished Communist Party documents and interviews conducted in Czechoslovakia in 1967, 1968, and 1969. He examines the historical background, the main reforms and political forces of 1968, international reactions, the Soviet intervention, and the experiment's collapse, concluding with his reasons for regarding the events of the Prague spring as a movement of revolutionary proportions.

The author's account is based on all available written sources, including unpublished Communist Party documents and interviews conducted in Czechoslovakia in 1967, 1968, 1969. He examines the historical background, the main reforms and political forces on 1968, international reactions, the Soviet intervention, and the experiment's collapse, concluding with his reasons for regarding the events of the Prague spring as a movement of revolutionary proportions.

Originally published in 1976.

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Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Title Page, Copyright
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. vii-x
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  1. Preface
  2. pp. xi-xiv
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  1. List of Abbreviations
  2. pp. xv-xvi
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  1. Part One
  2. pp. 1-2
  1. 1. Communism and Czechoslovak Traditions
  2. pp. 3-20
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  1. 2. The Dualism of Czechoslovak Communism From Gottwald to Novotny
  2. pp. 21-42
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  1. Part Two
  2. pp. 43-44
  1. 3. The Mounting Crisis
  2. pp. 45-89
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  1. 4. Science, Scholarship, and the Party
  2. pp. 90-133
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  1. 5. The Political System under Fire
  2. pp. 134-160
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  1. 6. The Fall of Novotny
  2. pp. 161-180
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  1. Part Three
  2. pp. 181-182
  1. 7. Prelude to Change
  2. pp. 183-195
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  1. 8. Spontaneity and Consolidation
  2. pp. 196-224
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  1. 9. The Step-by-Step Strategy Challenged
  2. pp. 225-260
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  1. 10. Reforms Amid Tension
  2. pp. 261-294
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  1. 11. The Storm Gathers
  2. pp. 295-330
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  1. Part Four
  2. pp. 331-332
  1. 12. A New Political System
  2. pp. 333-372
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  1. 13. Rehabilitation and Justice
  2. pp. 373-411
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  1. 14. Planned Market Socialism
  2. pp. 412-450
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  1. 15. Federalism and the Slovak Problem
  2. pp. 451-490
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  1. Part Five
  2. pp. 491-492
  1. 16. Conflicting Tendencies in the Party
  2. pp. 493-525
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  1. 17. Non-Communists and Public Opinion
  2. pp. 526-562
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  1. 18. Social Groups and Organizations
  2. pp. 563-614
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  1. Part Six
  2. pp. 615-616
  1. 19. A Foreign Policy with "Its Own Face"
  2. pp. 617-658
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  1. 20. The Reactions of the Ruling Communist Parties
  2. pp. 659-712
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  1. 21. Military Intervention
  2. pp. 713-758
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  1. 22. Resistance and Capitulation
  2. pp. 759-810
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  1. Epilogue / Conclusion
  2. pp. 811-812
  1. Epilogue
  2. pp. 813-823
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  1. Conclusion
  2. pp. 824-852
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  1. Appendix A
  2. pp. 853-854
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  1. Appendix B
  2. pp. 855-857
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  1. Appendix C
  2. pp. 858-877
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  1. Appendix D
  2. pp. 878-885
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  1. Appendix E
  2. pp. 886-890
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  1. A Bibliographic Note
  2. pp. 891-892
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  1. Selective Bibliography
  2. pp. 893-898
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 899-927
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Additional Information

ISBN
9781400871155
MARC Record
OCLC
933516389
Pages
944
Launched on MUSE
2016-01-01
Language
English
Open Access
No
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