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THE SOVIET INVASION OF CZECHOSLOVAKIA DURING THE PRAGUE SPRING
History and ModernityApril 28, 2019
The Soviet invasion of Czechoslovakia happened in 1968, during a period of mass reforms called the Prague Spring. Czechoslovakia had once been a democratic state with multinationals that had a say in the political discussions of the country. However, soon after Soviet took over, the communism style of leadership they introduced was not working for thecountry. Subsequent leaders sought to address the discontent in the populace through introduction of reforms. The invasion is historically significant as it marks attempts by the Soviet to assert authority over the Eastern Europe in the wake of Germany joining NATO andtheir potential to grow stronger. The Prague Spring marks the highest and lowest points in thehistory of the Czechoslovakia. It is during the Prague Spring that the leaders introduce massive reforms in both civil and social-economic rights but which ultimately ended up beingvetoed by the Soviets through coercive force.After the World War I, Czechoslovakia was constituted as a multinational state withmajority occupants as Czechs nationals. Other nationals were Germans, Hungarians,Rutherians, Polish, Jewish, Romani and Slovaks.1The first president, Tomas G. Masaryk cameinto power in the 1920s and was highly respected as the country enjoyed democracy.2For this reason, the 1920s are regarded as the golden era in the history of Czechoslovakia. It would soon be followed by the economic depression in 1930s. In 1948, the KSC employed itspower to administer the Soviet style socialism.

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