The Prague Spring of 1968 was among the most important episodes in postwar European politics--one of the few pre-Gorbachev attempts to reform one-party communist rule. In this book Kieran Williams analyzes the attempt at reform under Alexander Dubcek and its suppression by the Soviet Union, using archive materials and other sources that have become available in the wake of the 1989 revolution. The book will provide new information for specialists as well as introductory analysis and narrative for students of East European politics and history and Soviet foreign policy.
'This highly acclaimed book, which was awarded the 1998 BASEES/Orbis prize, recounts the story of the Prague Spring from the perspective of elite politics. It is particularly important because it draws largely on previously secret files ... and it thereby replaces with fact those passages of earlier scholarly works that were based primarily on conjecture.' Karen Henderson, University of Leicester '... highly valuable ... demonstrates in a clear-cut way ...' Contemporary European History