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"Czechoslovakia and the Prague Spring"
Course of Our Times, Series V
Czechoslovakia suffered assaults upon its national life three times since it was recognized as an independent state after World War I. After enduring the long Nazi occupation, Czechoslovakia established a new government, a coalition of Democrats and Communists. This potential bridge between the East and the West was ultimately undermined by the Cold War. In the early 1960s, defiance within the Communist ranks led to the eventual leadership of Alexander Dubcek, the most renowned Communist of the post-Stalinist period. A popular and successful leader, Dubcek was eventually denounced by the satellite states for taking action that jeopardized the Warsaw Pact. Czechoslovakia's invasion was supported by all members of the Warsaw Pact, and the country's independence was squelched for the third time in a generation.
1 VHS use copy [In Course of Our Times Collection, Box 2]
1 U-Matic copy [In Sachar Personal Papers, Box 29]