'To Hell with Sovereignty!': Poland and the Prague Spring

Kemp-Welch, Tony (2018) 'To Hell with Sovereignty!': Poland and the Prague Spring. In: Eastern Europe in 1968. Springer, pp. 125-145. ISBN 978-3-319-77068-0

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This chapter shows how Polish society welcomed Alexander Dubček’s appointment as Czechoslovak Party Secretary in early 1968. University staff and students launched a nation-wide campaign for academic freedom and writers protested against state censorship. But the Polish party leader Władysław Gomułka, an acclaimed hero of ‘national communism’ in 1956, now saw the Prague Spring as challenging the maintenance of one-Party rule. He long advocated and then strongly supported the August invasion. Kemp-Welch shows how its subsequent justification, the ‘Brezhnev Doctrine’ of limited sovereignty, was eventually revoked by Gorbachev in 1989.

Item Type: Book Section
Faculty \ School: Faculty of Arts and Humanities > School of History
Depositing User: LivePure Connector
Date Deposited: 09 Apr 2019 14:30
Last Modified: 22 Oct 2022 00:09
URI: https://ueaeprints.uea.ac.uk/id/eprint/70526
DOI: 10.1007/978-3-319-77069-7_6

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