14 Facts About Prague Spring


Prague Spring was a period of political liberalization and mass protest in the Czechoslovak Socialist Republic.

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Prague Spring reforms were a strong attempt by Dubcek to grant additional rights to the citizens of Czechoslovakia in an act of partial decentralization of the economy and democratization.

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The Prague Spring inspired music and literature including the work of Vaclav Havel, Karel Husa, Karel Kryl and Milan Kundera's novel The Unbearable Lightness of Being.

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Prague Spring sought to re-centralize the economy, as a considerable amount of freedom had been granted to industries during the Prague Spring.

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Prague Spring later led the Social Democratic Party of Slovakia, and spoke against the dissolution of Czechoslovakia before his death in November 1992.

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Former students from Prague Spring, including Constantine Menges, and Czech refugees from the crisis, who were able to escape or resettle in Western Countries continued to advocate for human rights, religious liberty, freedom of speech and political asylum for Czech political prisoners and dissidents.

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Prague Spring deepened the disillusionment of many Western leftists with Soviet views.

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The Israeli song "Prague Spring", written by Shalom Hanoch and performed by Arik Einstein at the Israel Song Festival of 1969, was a lamentation on the fate of the city after the Soviet invasion and mentions Jan Palach's Self-immolation.

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The memory of the Prague Spring is marked by the Czech Republic's and Slovakia's desire to avoid unpleasant collective memories leading to a process of historical amnesia and narrative whitewashing.

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Prague Spring has deeply marked the history of communism in Eastern Europe even though its outcomes were modest.

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Indeed, the posterity of the Prague Spring remains first and foremost the memory of the military intervention of the Warsaw Pact as well as the failure of reform within a communist regime, which definitely discredited the Dubcekian "revisionist" perspective in the East.

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Indeed, the Prague Spring deeply impacted the Czech society and should be remembered for the cultural momentum that accompanied and illustrated this movement, of which there are still films, novels, and plays.

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The Prague Spring influenced a renewal of the Prague artistic and cultural scene as well as a liberalization of society which deeply marked the following years.

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Memory of the Prague Spring is transmitted through testimonies of former Czechoslovak citizens.

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