Talk:Prague Spring

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to navigation Jump to search
Good articlePrague Spring has been listed as one of the History good articles under the good article criteria. If you can improve it further, please do so. If it no longer meets these criteria, you can reassess it.
Article milestones
January 25, 2008Peer reviewReviewed
February 5, 2008Good article nomineeListed
April 22, 2008Featured article candidateNot promoted
Current status: Good article


If you're looking for material to expand with, History of Czechoslovakia (1948–1989)#Prague Spring (1968) has a bunch of incited material. And even better, Kieran Williams' book, and this primary documents reader are both available online (though incomplete). - TheMightyQuill (talk) 21:18, 20 February 2008 (UTC)

I know about those, but the problem is that they are incomplete and it would be better to have the book here with me, which I don't. As for the History of Czechoslovakia (1948–1989) article, there aren't any references there at all. The Dominator (talk) 04:35, 21 February 2008 (UTC)

"The plan was to unfold as follows"[edit]

The tense in this and the folling sentences throws me off. Is it meant to suggest that this is the plan they wanted but didn't implement, or that this is what actually happened? If the latter it should just be simple past tense, yes? Marskell (talk) 13:38, 21 February 2008 (UTC)

"The plan was to unfold as follows" probably only refers to the sentence: "A debate would occur in response to the Kašpar report on the state of the country, during which conservative members would insist that Dubček present two letters he had received from the Soviets, letters which listed promises he had made at the Čierná nad Tisou talks but had failed to keep." so, yes simple past tense should probably be used. The Dominator (talk) 14:58, 21 February 2008 (UTC)
Sorry, just to be clear: this debate did in fact occur? Marskell (talk) 15:16, 21 February 2008 (UTC)

The meeting occurred but Dubcek felt something was coming, so they rearranged the schedule to put the Kaspar report at the end of the schedule. The debate never really got started, and the vote of confidence was never called... because the tanks rolled in before they had a chance to do so. So the plotters never got their chance to formally invite soviet intervention, although they'd already done it in secret. This should be clarified in the article... Either I forgot to include it when I added the bit about the plot, or it got deleted along the way. - TheMightyQuill (talk) 18:48, 21 February 2008 (UTC)

Now, I'm really confused :). Maybe we need to pull the wording to talk? Marskell (talk) 21:00, 21 February 2008 (UTC)

Yes. Please read Warsaw Pact invasion of Czechoslovakia with my updated info, and see if it makes more sense now. - TheMightyQuill (talk) 21:37, 21 February 2008 (UTC)

I think it's appropriate that the two paragraphs were deleted as it's probably too much detail for an overview article, but I added the other two paragraphs, about the letter which are sourced and completely fine. The Dominator (talk) 23:49, 21 February 2008 (UTC)

The Term Prague Spring[edit]

We really need a reference that the Western media coined the term, I couldn't find one after lots of looking, so if one doesn't show up I'm going to delete the info. I plan on taking it to FAC soon and this sort of stands in the way in he otherwise well sourced article. The Dominator (talk) 22:57, 8 March 2008 (UTC)

The Oxford English Dictionary I have access to on line has an entry for the term. It would seem from their citations that the term was first suggested, so to speak, in the U.S. magazine Saturday Review of April 13, 1968: "Spring blooms in Prague... Spring in Eastern Europe this year is forcing new shoots of freedom out from still-frozen ideological soil." The first occurrence of the term as we know it, "Prague Spring", is shown as "The eight-month ‘Prague spring’, the Soviet invasion of August 20 and its grim consequences have stirred strong emotions." in Foreign Affairs 47, 1969. Although this is all from an English dictionary and therefore would make no mention of a non-English source, that first bit from Saturday Review looks original to me.

If you need more info to create a reference, let me know. --Milkbreath (talk) 15:56, 24 March 2008 (UTC)

The OED only attests first citation in English. Septentrionalis PMAnderson 05:28, 3 April 2008 (UTC)

What we have gathered so far seems to indicate that the term was in fact used originally in English, but we definitely need to do more research before we positively assert any facts. The Dominator (talk) 05:40, 3 April 2008 (UTC)

Actually, it's rather unlikely that the Western (or non-Czechoslovak) media was first to use the term "Prague Spring" to describe the period of reform and liberalization in 1968. The term is most likely Czech in origin, since there is a long-running music festival called "Prague Spring" that predated 1968, plus the term had the added advantage of providing a connection to the term "springtime of peoples" associated with the revolutions of 1968. More importantly, I have at least one reference that predates the OED citation and undermines the idea that this term originated in the Western media. A cartoon by Jaroslav Pop appeared in the Czech satirical magazine Dikobraz on 11 April 1968, depicting a musician in Prague asking for directions. The caption reads, "Prague Spring? It started in January this year!" Moreover, I suspect that this wasn't the first reference that described current political developments as the "Prague Spring." H. Gordon Skilling might address the origin of this term in his massive Czechoslovakia's Interrupted Revolution, but it's been a few years since I've read it, so I can't say for certain.

Further review[edit]

Responding to a request on my talk page for some pre-FAC comments to spruce it up. Some things I spotted on a new read-thru:

  • More information on the post-invasion diaspora seems to be needed. I wouldn't get overly trivial, but the paragraph on it seems to beg for more than a sentance or two.
  • What occured between the Bratislava Declaration and the later military invasion that made the Soviets actually invade? Were there any "flashpoint" events, or was the invasion entirely unprovoked? Also, the section could perhaps be split into two sections, one on the pre-invasion interventions and one on the actual military invasion...
  • What about more on the Western reaction to the event? You offer only cursory overview of it, and only give the U.S. response. Other major western powers (UK, France, etc.) must have reacted in some specific way, no?

That's some more stuff to work on. Hope this was helpful! 14:52, 11 March 2008 (UTC)

Thanks alot, any major prose or MoS issues? The thing about the western reactions, this is actually an overview article and further detail is in the daughter article Warsaw Pact invasion of Czechoslovakia, but I do agree that if we include US reactions then other powers should be added. The Dominator (talk) 22:04, 11 March 2008 (UTC)


I'm reading it, and I'm seeing a lot about the invasion and the aftermath and not much about the Spring. I think it should say more about what happened during it and less about the rest. The part about the etymology is not great, either. If the Western media coined it, then it doesn't really stem from the expression "Spring of Nations". The information I came up with (above) suggests that "Prague Spring" is a separate coinage, anyway. I'd rewrite the lead myself, but I hardly know anything about all this. I will copyedit when it seems to be in better shape, if you like. --Milkbreath (talk) 16:15, 24 March 2008 (UTC)

I'll rewrite the lead, as for the term "Prague Spring", I couldn't find any sources at all saying how it was coined so I'm going to remove that piece of information. The Dominator (talk) 16:17, 24 March 2008 (UTC)
I think I'm just about done with the lead, I left an overview paragraph, a paragraph on the background and reforms, one on the invasion, one on the aftermath and I've removed the term "Prague Spring" info. Tell me what you think. You can copyedit now, I know, I'm not the greatest writer, but if I was I wouldn't need you! The Dominator (talk) 16:39, 24 March 2008 (UTC)
You saw my note on this page in the section "The Term Prague Spring", right? Is that original research, and that's why you can't use it? I'm doing the lead right now. --Milkbreath (talk) 18:10, 24 March 2008 (UTC)
Admittedly, I have not seen your comment there, and I do think it would be acceptable to use that as a source, but definitely not anywhere near the original phrasing that I had in the lead before. I'll try to work it in, although I don't really know where to mention it as the lead is not supposed to give new information. The Dominator (talk) 18:29, 24 March 2008 (UTC)


I've copyedited the whole article. I'm impressed at the NPOV of it, especially considering how emotional a time this was. Good job. I'll try to stay on top of it. --Milkbreath (talk) 20:00, 24 March 2008 (UTC)

Thank you once again, I've nominated it for featured article so we should be getting some feedback soon. I don't know how good of a chance it has because I've never really done this before, so it could fail immediately or it could have a good chance of making it, we'll see. There actually weren't many POV troubles, not nearly as many as on Czech Republic for example, but that was more editors adding things like "THIS COUNTRY SUCKS BALLS!!!" or "CZECH REPUBLIC 4EVER! FUCK SLOVAKIA, FUCK HUNGARY, FUCK POLAND", here somebody would occasionally add something that came of as anti-communist but this page has surprisingly not become a main target for vandals and POV-pushers. So, what do you think of this article as a whole? The Dominator (talk) 20:07, 24 March 2008 (UTC)
To tell you the truth, I don't think there is enough of the history of those months in 1968. I was left wanting more of a timeline, a blow-by-blow of events in the country under the reforms, not just the political machinations. Also, it needs a picture at the top. I remember seeing a pic or vid in the Museum of Communism in Prague that showed the young people in Wenceslas Square face-to-face with the troops trying to reason with them, before things got out of hand. Something like that, maybe, that depicts the forlorn hopefulness of it all. --Milkbreath (talk) 21:24, 24 March 2008 (UTC)
Well, the Czech Wikipedia has a timeline article about that, unfortunately it is completely unsourced therefore unusable to us. I do agree that the 1968 months are lacking and it is most certainly the weakest part of the article. How do you feel about the prose now? The Dominator (talk) 22:49, 24 March 2008 (UTC)
Well, I should absolutely love it, because that's what I came here to make sure was good. (That sentence is a poor example, by the way. It has been said that American English is just German pronounced funny.) Whoever wrote most of it knew what he was doing, so I didn't have to do much. I will look at it again with a fresh eye in a while and tweak anything I don't like. --Milkbreath (talk) 23:29, 24 March 2008 (UTC)
We'll see what others say. It was Themightyquill who added the substantial content, god bless him The Dominator (talk) 23:59, 24 March 2008 (UTC)

Merge back in[edit]

Since you're merging that back in, I don't really see why there has to be a separate article for the invasion? I'm pretty sure as much can be written about the reforms as the invasion, but I suppose if more content is added here we can always split it off again, or possibly add it to a related article like Action Programme (1968). The Dominator (talk) 16:19, 6 April 2008 (UTC)

It was split for the very reason I oppose the separate reforms article - because "Prague Spring" specifically refers to the reforms NOT the invasion. Before the split, the article was almost entirely about the invasion, and had little or nothing about the reforms. The "Prague Spring" shouldn't really be categorized as military history, as an invasion, or as an occupation. The two articles cover clearly different topics, and there were a great many details in the invasion article that aren't included in the short summary in this article. I'm sorry I don't agree with your split. I hope you're not proposing this merger to prove a point. - TheMightyQuill (talk) 17:13, 6 April 2008 (UTC)
No not to prove a point, just because I believe there is enough content to have an overview and a invasion and reform article, but if not it just creates inconsistency. This article combines elements of an overview article and elements of a daughter/detail article. Right now that's not that big a problem, but as more content is added it'll seems very strange because the way it's structured now implies that it's an overview of all the events of late 60s Czechoslovakia, but then it's got all the details about the reforms. I completely understand what the term "Prague Spring" refers to, I'm just saying that the way it's structured is strange. The best solution: since you oppose another daughter article, I think we should expand this one and once there's enough content break it off, or maybe not. I say we leave it for a while and see where we go with it and judge after we have the content on site. The Dominator (talk) 17:23, 6 April 2008 (UTC)

That sounds quite reasonable to me. I'm sorry if I came off as hostile. - TheMightyQuill (talk) 17:51, 6 April 2008 (UTC)

No not at all, after all we are just discussing a Wikipedia article. The Dominator (talk) 18:00, 6 April 2008 (UTC)

undiscussed split[edit]

I've undone the split to Prague Spring reforms.

Firstly, the Prague Spring and the reforms are synonymous. This article should essentially be the first in a series, withe some "overview" elements because the intervention is so connected with the reforms. Second, an overview article already exists in History of Czechoslovakia (1948–1989) Third, the Prague Spring reforms article was an exact duplicate of this page, and still maintained an overview/summary style, which makes absolutely no sense. - TheMightyQuill (talk) 16:20, 6 April 2008 (UTC)

You can't really judge the article a day after it was created, Warsaw Pact invasion of Czechoslovakia looked like a duplicate too when it was created. And I do remember you proposing a similar thing. Of course, we can alway split of there is too much content. The Dominator (talk) 16:29, 6 April 2008 (UTC)

What can I say? I guess I changed my mind. =) Can I judge an article the day it was created on whether or not it needs to be created? Yes, I think so. Summary style is not meant simply to duplicate large amounts of content. - TheMightyQuill (talk) 17:02, 6 April 2008 (UTC)

Work to be Done[edit]

So, being bold, let's take a look at exactly what the article needs before we go to FA again. We definitely need way more on the events leading up to the invasion and also a bit more about the situation that followed directly after. Probably a bit more about the Moscow negotiations, some expansion on the reforms themselves, we need to outline the significance of the writers and we need to make it all a bit chronological. I would also like to include a bit about the term "Prague Spring", though I can't find much, do you have any idea how that came into use? We also could use another going over (copyedit), either by Milkbreath again, or maybe somebody with a fresh eye. That sound about right? Are there any major problems that I'm forgetting? The DominatorTalkEdits 05:51, 25 April 2008 (UTC)

Yes, all those things are important. Also, reaction within Czechoslovakia could definitely be expanded upon... what was happening inside the country as a result of the reforms had a great deal to do with the decision to invade. Reactions outside are also important. We don't have much on other Warsaw pact countries and their concerns, and nothing at all about Western reactions, whether from Europe or the United states... at least not until after the invasion. I think we should try to think of some better images to include in this article as well, if we can. - TheMightyQuill (talk) 15:30, 25 April 2008 (UTC)

Perhaps you could put in something about the Prague Spring itself. As it stands the article begins with Dubček announcing an "Action Program" and various policies, and there is a manifesto, etc; and then the Soviets invade. I understand that the period was snuffed out in the cradle, and that Wikipedia deals in facts rather than first-hand accounts of epic events, but the impression I get from this article - as an outsider - is that the Spring was like a hot dog without a sausage. Did Dubček's reforms actually take hold? Were they just empty talk, or was the press genuinely allowed to express free opinion? What did the people of Czechoslovakia make of this? What did they do with their freedom? Were there any notable films, novels, plays, works of music released during this period? How did it relate to e.g. the Czechoslovak New Wave? How did the West view the Prague Spring? Did people in the West understand that the Prague Spring was underway? Were Western Communists and Socialists pleased with or appalled by the Prague Spring? And so forth. -Ashley Pomeroy (talk) 14:41, 6 February 2010 (UTC)

Just to add a note of agreement, the article is very matter-of-fact. The shear audacity of events is under-emphasized even for an overview article.
  • The article claims that 200,000 troops and 2,000 tanks entered Czechoslovakia. Those are staggering statistics when they are compared, for example, against the number of US troops currently in Iraq (100,000), a country whose population is twice the size of Czechoslovakia's in 1968, and these troops were sent to fight a war.
  • There is also the pretext for invasion: these Warsaw Pact troops were mostly very young men who believed they were entering as liberators and were stunned at the hostility they encountered. This is not an irrelevant point since it underscores the immorality of the invasion.
  • I agree also that the reaction of the West to the invasion is not well captured, although it is covered in somewhat more detail in Warsaw Pact invasion of Czechoslovakia. What is missing there as here is some comment about the sense of betrayal felt by many Czechoslovaks that the United States did not do more.
  • As mentioned elsewhere above, there could also be more detail about the emigration of Czechoslovaks after the invasion, other than the other staggering statistic that there were 300,000 who fled the country. It should be mentioned that the border was effectively sealed by the end of 1968; therefore if 70,000 left "immediately" after August 21, 1968, approx. 50,000 per month on average (or over 1,500 people per day) were still leaving before it was impossible to do so.
  • Lastly, I also agree that the visceral nature of both the effects on society of the new freedoms granted during the short time that the Praque Spring existed and their rescindment quickly after the invasion were both intense but not well captured in the article.
I speak as one whose family lived through it, so these are things that stand out for me. Sorry to be so critical, and I should add some of this myself and see what others say, I guess.--Jelsova (talk) 22:08, 18 April 2010 (UTC)

Literární noviny[edit]

I'm unsure as to how this should be capitalised, should it be the original and Czech "Literární noviny" or the more English "Literární Noviny"? I was reading Postwar by Tony Judt and noticed that the book refers to "Literární Noviny". However, Kieran Williams's book uses the original Czech form of capitalisation and furthermore provides a translation "Literary Gazette", any thoughts on which we should use? (not that it's that big of a deal, but still) The DominatorTalkEdits 06:31, 26 May 2008 (UTC)

Most scholars follow the Czech and Slovak conventions for capitalizing titles, which is that only the first word is capitalized, except for proper nouns. Accordingly, Literární noviny would be appropriate.

Williams (1997)[edit]

In fires teferences, the Williams (1997) appears. What does it mean, Williams (1997) ? It does not send to any site.. dima (talk) 16:40, 4 September 2008 (UTC)

It refers to a book, if you look under "sources", you will find it, it's called Harvard referencing, Williams is the author and 1997 is the publication date of the book. The DominatorTalkEdits 22:29, 4 September 2008 (UTC)
Thanks I founr it. Is it possible to make the refs extractable with a click, or Harward system does not allow this? dima (talk) 10:08, 25 September 2008 (UTC).
Well, what would you like to link it to? We can add the Google Books link, but it seems unnecessary, all of that information (publisher, date, author etc.) is already stated under "sources". The DominatorTalkEdits 14:32, 25 September 2008 (UTC)

deletion ot references[edit]

Can anybody explain the removal of references? dima (talk) 11:50, 24 September 2008 (UTC)

Well did you see my edit summary? I find it pointless to include it in the article when an American politician makes a mention of the Prague Spring as a part of his election platform. I also removed the links to copyrighted images, but if you like, you can post them on the talk page and we can possibly revive the "External links" section, I was mostly irritated about the formatting, sorry. The DominatorTalkEdits 14:36, 25 September 2008 (UTC)
Dear Dominik92, I answer your question: Yes, I see. Now I repeat my question: Why the references were deleted? dima (talk) 05:23, 26 September 2008 (UTC)

Recover the references[edit]

The references [1] [2] [3] Should be recovered because they show the long-term impact of the suppression of the Prague Spring by the Russian soldiers. This is very important analogy, and it explains, why many people does not accept Russian troops in any foreighn country. Without this analogy, the place of Prague Spring in the World's History is not clear. There are many indications that is is not just sporadic opinion; see, for example, [4] [5]. Thousands authors mention the Prague Spring just in connection with the Russia-Georgia war (2008). It is very significant analogy; as anti-communists, as communists discuss it. dima (talk) 05:23, 26 September 2008 (UTC)

  1. ^ "We've seen this movie before, in Prague and Budapest," said John McCain, referring to the Soviet invasions of Czechoslovakia in 1968 and Hungary in 1956..." -- see Michael Dobbs. "'We Are All Georgians'? Not So Fast." Washington Post, August 17, 2008,$
  2. ^ "Gori is the same as Prague in '68 or Budapest in '56. They are inva and occupying Georgia just as they have done in the past." Ben Judah. War of the Words. The New Republic, Wednesday, August 27, 2008
  3. ^ Kulish, Nicholas (2008-08-22). "Amid conflict in Georgia, somber memories for Czechs". International Gerald Tribune. Retrieved 2008-09-16. Check date values in: |date= (help)
  4. ^ Picture of demonstration September 1, 2008 is available at ,
  5. ^ Some surprisingly valid comparsions have been made in the mainstream media between the invasion of Czechoslovakia 40 years ago today by Russia and that country's recent activity in Georgia. Power Politics and Czechoslovakia.
OK, my thoughts are this: I'm not 100% sure, but I think that linking to copyrighted pictures on Flickr and other sites is a copyright violation and against policy. The last link appears to be a blog and I don't think it qualifies as a reliable source. The first three seem all right, though I am still having doubts about how notable this comparison really is, I'm sure that plenty of events could and have been compared to the Prague Spring. A passing mention won't hurt since you do have references. I'll add it to the cultural impact section tomorrow when I have more time, or you can if you really want to, I'll clean up the formatting later. The DominatorTalkEdits 14:45, 26 September 2008 (UTC)

linking to copyrighted pictures on Flickr and other sites is a copyright violation and against policy. – Maximum, you cold refer, would be downloading (not linking), but even in this case, the criteria of fair use are satisfied: the image is necessary for Wikipedia as evidence that at the demonstration September 1, the banner with verses mentioning Budapest, Prague, Afganistan and Tskhinvali was shown. This is only one pic from the series posted there, looking of this pic cannot substitute the viewing of the whole series at Flikr.
About the blog... Thousands bloggers discute semihance and differences between Prague 1968 and Tskhinvali 2008; this analogy is important and significant.
At the demonstration 2008 August 24 ar Red square, there were no banners, indicating any relation between Czechoslovakia 1968 and Georgia 2008, but spectators and authors considered this relation as obvious. In wikipedia, we have no need to declare that "Prague 1968=Tzkhinvali 2008", but we should mention that this analogy is widely discuted.
Participants who see deep difference between occupation of Czechoslovakia and that of Ossetia, may provide the short analysis with references. Such an analysis is important for understanfing the long-term impact of the suppression of the Prague Spring.
Please, recover the references. dima (talk) 07:17, 27 September 2008 (UTC)

I have added a sentence about it, but note that the first link (The Washington Post article) seems to be out. While you may be right about bloggers, we cannot link to a blog as a reliable source, if you find a reliable source that explicitly states that thousands of bloggers are discussing this, go ahead and add it. If you want to add the pictures, go ahead, but make a separate "External links" section to do it, do not add them as references. The DominatorTalkEdits 06:11, 28 September 2008 (UTC)

Salvaging a Paragraph[edit]

" Civilians who had protested against the suppression of the Prague Spring are recognized (after 40 years) by Czech politicians[1] and Russian citizens.[2][3] No such recognition is reported from the side of the Russian government. Prague and Czechoslovakia are listed among other places where Russian soldiers served their international debt.[4][3] Comparisons have been made between the Prague Spring and the 2008 conflict in Georgia.[5][4] "

It was removed by an IP contributor, on the basis of its alleged incoherence. I'm not sure whether I would say it doesn't make sense, but I would say that it's not the most notable thing and is somewhat recentist, so I didn't add it back. I am putting it here on the talk page, if someone wants to add it back, go ahead, I won't revert, but I do have my doubts... The DominatorTalkEdits 23:40, 23 April 2009 (UTC)


  1. ^ "Premier Awarded Commemorative Medals to Ten Dissidents from 1968". Office of the Czech Republic Government. 2008-08-21. Retrieved 2008-09-04. Check date values in: |date= (help)
  2. ^ Kishkovsky, Sophia (2008-08-25). "Red Square protest echoes 1968". Gerald Tribune. Retrieved 2008-08-31. Check date values in: |date= (help)
  3. ^ a b Yaroshevsky, Vitaly (2008-08-21). "On the [[Lobnoe mesto]]". Novaya Gaseta. URL–wikilink conflict (help)
  4. ^ a b Kulish, Nicholas (2008-08-22). "Amid conflict in Georgia, somber memories for Czechs". International Gerald Tribune. Retrieved 2008-09-16. Check date values in: |date= (help)
  5. ^ Ben, Judah (2008-08-27). "War of the Words". The New Republic. Retrieved 2008-09-27. Check date values in: |date= (help)

Invasion, counter-revolutionary?[edit]

"The Portuguese communist secretary-general Álvaro Cunhal was one of few political leaders from western Europe to have supported the invasion for being counter-revolutionary."

The sentence makes no sense, I mean, the reforms made by Dubcek were "counter-revolutionary", not the Soviet invasion.

Reference to Shirley Temple Black corrected[edit]

There was some incorrect information that has been corrected. Mrs. Black was not sent to Prague in 1968 by the US Government, nor was she intended to be an ambassador to a free Czechoslovakia. Czechoslovakia was independent since 1918, except for periods of Nazi occupation, and it is wrong to talk about the country becoming independent in 1989 or to suggest that Mrs. Black's appointment anticipated the overthrow of Communism that year. —Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 05:05, 10 October 2009 (UTC)


The 3rd paragraph of this section is filled with passive voice.

A few months later, at a party meeting, it was decided that administrative actions against the writers who openly expressed support of reformation would be taken. Since only a small part of the union held these beliefs, the remaining members were relied upon to discipline their colleagues.[5] Control over Literární noviny and several other publishing houses was transferred to the ministry of culture,[5] and even members of the party who later became major reformers—including Dubček—endorsed these moves.[5]

When exactly? Who decided to take action? Who relied upon the remaining members? Who transfered control?

I don't know, or I would be bold and change it. Could someone who does know provide the info and change it to active voice? Tyrannophobe (talk) 17:44, 10 May 2010 (UTC)


So this is what facts look like after everyone has a say. SNAFU. The people who stood in front of Russian tanks in 1968 could be forgiven for a momentary revulsion about what's become of people free enough to look at books and argue about sources. Good article? Hardly. Miserable politically correct compromise? Sanitised history brought to you by North American zealots. Peter S Strempel  Page | Talk  08:02, 13 March 2011 (UTC)

I wan't too sure I should say this, but my father travelled to Prague in the middle of this thing. He was a journalist at the time. We weren't entirely sure he would be coming back. DO NOT TREAT THIS AS SOME SORT OF CURIO. Real people with enormous courage lived these days. Peter S Strempel  Page | Talk  10:21, 13 March 2011 (UTC)

An image for U[edit]

Researching in the web I find this File:Wenceslas Square 1968.jpg. Is it good? Raoli (talk) 03:26, 6 February 2012 (UTC)

Mhh... and other in this category of Wikimedia Commons: Engramma. Face-smile.svg Raoli (talk) 00:17, 14 February 2012 (UTC)

From Stephen Fraser-Ward.[edit]

If it was non-violent how is it this article starts with a picture of a Soviet tank aflame. That seems pretty violent to me. I expect the tank crew didn't like it much either. WARNING setting British or US tanks on fire can seriously damage your health. Comment by Stephen Fraser-Ward. (talk · contribs) moved from article to talk page.

50th anniversary[edit]

As 2018 will be the 50th anniversary of the Prague Spring should there be some work on getting at least one relevant page linked to from the Main Page? Jackiespeel (talk) 09:35, 20 August 2017 (UTC)

External links modified[edit]

Hello fellow Wikipedians,

I have just modified 4 external links on Prague Spring. Please take a moment to review my edit. If you have any questions, or need the bot to ignore the links, or the page altogether, please visit this simple FaQ for additional information. I made the following changes:

When you have finished reviewing my changes, you may follow the instructions on the template below to fix any issues with the URLs.

As of February 2018, "External links modified" talk page sections are no longer generated or monitored by InternetArchiveBot. No special action is required regarding these talk page notices, other than regular verification using the archive tool instructions below. Editors have permission to delete these "External links modified" talk page sections if they want to de-clutter talk pages, but see the RfC before doing mass systematic removals. This message is updated dynamically through the template {{sourcecheck}} (last update: 15 July 2018).

  • If you have discovered URLs which were erroneously considered dead by the bot, you can report them with this tool.
  • If you found an error with any archives or the URLs themselves, you can fix them with this tool.

Cheers.—InternetArchiveBot (Report bug) 22:08, 1 December 2017 (UTC)

A better image of Alexander Dubček[edit]

The current image for Alexander Dubček on this page is out of focus and the main subject isn't looking in the camera. Now the only reasonable image on Wikipedia of him is currently on the page for Alexander Dubček himself, but is non-free content.

There are other images of Dubček on Wikimedia, like the ones below, but all of them are either blurry, out of focus, or with Dubček looking the wrong way.

(Zari68)Alexander Dubcek A.jpgDubcek 1991.jpgIICCR G539 Dubcek crop.jpg

My question hereby is if anyone could find a better image of Dubček which is under a Fair Use license or otherwise not copyright protected. — Preceding unsigned comment added by TheNk22 (talkcontribs) 11:00, 25 June 2018 (UTC)

Anarchist approach to Prague Spring[edit]

It seems unjustified that so much length is dedicated to the anarchist approach. A way to balance would be to address how other ideologies approach the events and/or diminish the length of the anarchist section. --Greece666 (talk) 07:46, 29 October 2019 (UTC)

This entire section smells like anarchist promotion. If anarchism played any significant role in the event it should be explained in the article. Deleted the lengthy book quote. Mikeroetto (talk) 02:13, 17 January 2020 (UTC)

Too long[edit]

The introduction is too long. Kapeter77 (talk) 04:09, 5 December 2019 (UTC)