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1968 година - кризисна за Източния блок
1968 – The Eastern Bloc Countries Year of Crisis

Author(s): Iskra Baeva
Subject(s): History
Published by: Институт за исторически изследвания - Българска академия на науките

Summary/Abstract: On the basis of Bulgarian records the article presents the political cataclysms in the diplomatic relations of the Eastern Bloc countries caused by the profound reforms carried out in Czechoslovakia in 1968 during the so-called „Prague Spring“. The author traces back the neighbouring and remote countries’ reaction towards Czechoslovakia, its Communist party and the changes that took place in. All this is performed not for the sake of better knowing the ideological nature of what happened there, but for its influential impact over the rest of the Eastern Bloc Countries, Europe and the World as a whole. In the long run the outside interference of the five Warsaw Pact countries rearranged the international relations map of Eastern Europe. The military factor inclusion putted in a totally different position the „none-of-them-the-same“ Eastern Bloc Countries – Yugoslavia, Romania and Albania. They felt uneasy about their own security despite the fact that the final analysis clearly shows no immediate future possibility for second military action neither for The Soviet Union, nor for The Warsaw Pact Countries. The feeling of crisis made possible for the Pleaders of the three Balkan countries to stake on nationalism to support their domestic policy. They also took advantage of the intervention to expand their international contacts while those five interfering Warsaw Pact countries were internationally isolated and moralized.

  • Issue Year: 2006
  • Issue No: 1-2
  • Page Range: 94-112
  • Page Count: 19
  • Language: Bulgarian