Limitations of Brezhnev Doctrine after Prague Spring

Amanda Underwood, Allysa Garza, and Courtney Kline

Objective 3: Explain how the Brezhnev Doctrine had its limitations as Soviets react to the “Prague Spring”.

Prague Spring:

-democratic socialist revolution

-liberal movement

-Alexander Dubcek, Communist Party Leader, promised his fellow citizens socialism

-Czech moved toward liberal communism, which created fear with the soviet union

-Led to Soviets losing control of eastern Europe

-Soviets thought that it would lead to the “unraveling” of their power

-This caused soviets to intervene and put an end to Prague spring

Leonid Brezhnev

Brezhnev Doctrine:

-Soviet army (helped by East German, Bulgarian, and Polish units) put an end to Prague Spring

-Brezhnev (Dubeck’s successor) justified the invasion of Czechoslovakia by the Doctrine

-Policy commonly called the Brezhnev Doctrine

-Reserved the right to invade any socialist country that was threatened by internal or external things

-This was a “dramatic reform movement”

-Reasserted soviet control over satellite nations in Eastern Europe and tightened control

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