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  • ISBN: 9780275966225
  • ISBN10: 0275966224

Czechoslovakia's Lost Fight for Freedom, 1967-1969 An American Embassy Perspective

by Kenneth N. Skoug

  • Binding: Hardcover
  • Publisher: Greenwood Pub Group
  • Publish date: 10/01/1999
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This fascinating account, by a Czech-speaking American diplomat who lived in Czechoslovakia from 1967-1969, describes the collapse of a repressive Communist regime, the subsequent unprecedented explosion of popular freedom, the surprise Soviet occupation, and the spirited passive resistance of the population until the gradual strangulation of the "Prague Spring". Drawing on his own journal, recent memoirs, and documentary materials in the National Archives, the author shows how American diplomats and senior U.S. officials analyzed and reacted to ongoing events. Skoug's economic and commercial responsibilities gave him considerable access to Czechoslovak officials even in the Novotny period, and he was an eyewitness to the invasion and many other crucial events of the period, including the great patriotic demonstration of March 1969 which the Soviet Union exploited to force Dubcek's resignation.
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