The major turning points in the later decades of the Cold War. Bridget Kendall on the Soviet-led invasion that brought the Prague Spring to an end.
Bridget Kendall explores the major turning points in the later decades of the Cold War.
In August 1968 a Soviet-led invasion of Czechoslovakia brought the period of liberalisation known as the Prague Spring to an end. The social and cultural reforms aimed at achieving 'socialism with a human face' came to an abrupt halt. It was justified under the principles of what became known as the Brezhnev Doctrine, whereby the Soviet Union had the right to intervene anywhere in the Eastern Bloc where socialism was under threat. Czechoslovakia entered a period of repression
Bridget Kendall hears the stories of three people caught up in the invasion and active on the streets of Prague.
With Hana Laing, Julius Tomin and Zdena Tomin.
Producer: Martin Williams.