The SASW and Friends of Slovakia (FOS) present: 

“Slovakia in 1968: Historical Complexities and Long-term Legacies”

Saturday, April 21, 2:30 pm
Thomas Jefferson Library
7415 Arlington Boulevard
Falls Church, VA

Dr. Carol Skalnik Leff (University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign) will discuss the role Slovakia played in the Prague Spring and its aftermath.  Her lecture will consider two issues.  First, it will explore the somewhat provocative counterfactual idea that there would have been no Prague Spring without the “Bratislava Spring.”  Then it will consider the long-term effects of two of its legacies: the institutional legacy of federalization, and the attitudinal legacy of Czech and Slovak (mis)perceptions of the role each played in both the politics of reform and the Warsaw Pact occupation.

Admission free. Please send your RSVP by April 19 to rsvp@dcslovaks.org

Dr. Carol Skalnik Leff (University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign) will discuss the role Slovakia played in the Prague Spring and its aftermath.  Her lecture will consider two issues.  First, it will explore the somewhat provocative counterfactual idea that there would have been no Prague Spring without the “Bratislava Spring.”  Then it will consider the long-term effects of two of its legacies: the institutional legacy of federalization, and the attitudinal legacy of Czech and Slovak (mis)perceptions of the role each played in both the politics of reform and the Warsaw Pact occupation.

 

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