The scheming Apparatchik of the Prague spring

Mary Heimann

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In the last week of August 1968, as unfolding footage of the Soviet and Warsaw Pact invasion of Czechoslovakia was being shown to an astonished world, the reputation of the country's leader, Alexander Dubek, began to be fixed in collective political memory. The Times, like most other Western newspapers, presented the First Secretary of the Czechoslovak Communist Party (Komunistick strana eskoslovenska (KS)) as a gentle, decent man; a leader as devoted to his countrymen as they so manifestly were to him. True, Dubek had at first been hesitant to embrace radical reform; but, once persuaded of the need to liberalise and democratise the communist system, he had become one of 'liberal' or 'progressive' socialism's staunchest and most enthusiastic supporters.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1717-1734
Number of pages18
JournalEurope-Asia Studies
Issue number10
Early online date25 Nov 2008
Publication statusPublished - Dec 2008


  • Asian politics
  • Asian studies
  • Russia
  • former Soviet Union
  • East European studies
  • Prague
  • Czechoslovakia

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