Czechoslovakia and Poland
The USSR faced problems in their want for control over Eastern Europe.
Czechoslovakia rebelled against communism in 1968:
- Alexander Dubcek became the new leader of Czechoslovakia in 1968 and made changes to the country.
- Workers were given a greater say in the running and management of their factories.
- Travel to the West was made available for all.
- Living standards were to be raised.
- Free elections were to be held.
- Opposition parties would be permitted.
This was known as the Prague spring
- Dubcek was still a communist, though, he wanted the USSR to know this and know that his country would not leave the Warsaw Pact.
- However, the USSR was still concerned and didn't want the Eastern Block to be weakened.
- So on August 21'st 1968, 500,000 Soviet troops invaded Czechoslovakia and Dubcek was removed from his role.
- After this, the Soviet control was stable again. However, many countries were quick to criticise the USSR but no country actually took action.
- The UN drew to a conclusion that the USSR was wrong to invade…