Prague spring 1968

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What was Brezhnev's dilemma?

  • Reforms (updating communism)
  • Western influence
  • Might lose power/ change sides
  • Wouldn't take back reforms
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What was Brezhnev's dilemma?

  • Reforms (updating communism)
  • Western influence
  • Might lose power/ change sides
  • Wouldn't take back reforms
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Why invade?

  • Had had enough
  • Contain capitalism
  • Keep allies (czechs)
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What happened 20th/21st August?

  • Launch of invasion (Warsaw pact forces)
  • Soviet invasion (tanks)
  • Crueler than Hitler invasion (supposed to be friends)
  • Kidnap leaders
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Moscow protocol

  • Dubcek was forced to sign
  • Protection of communism/ socialism
  • The right to invade (if threatened)
  • Brezhnev doctrine
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International reaction

USA- condemned invasion but did not intervene as they didn't want USSR to intervene in Vietnam war.

Western Europe- condemned invasion but did not help. France+ Italy communist parties declared themselves seperate from the soviet party

Eastern Europe- caused discontent in Eastern Europe. Distanced themselves from USSR

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