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On 20 August 1968, 500,000 Warsaw Pact troops invaded Czechoslovakia, ending The Prague Spring. Watch this video to see how they crushed the rebellion.

The Prague Spring

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Key points

  • January 1968 - Dubček took over as leader of the Communist Party in Czechoslovakia.
  • His government reduced state control of industry and allowed freedom of speech. This revolution was called the Prague Spring.
  • Brezhnev, the soviet leader, saw this as a threat. On the 20th August 1968, 500,000 Warsaw pact troops invaded Czechoslovakia. Dubček was arrested and sent to Moscow.
  • The Soviet Union announced it would not allow any Eastern European country to reject communism even if it meant a third world war. This became known as the Brezhnev Doctrine.

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