The Warsaw Pact Invasion of Czechoslovakia
Dustin M Ramirez
PSCI 350 section 2
The world political conversation today is the state of affairs in the Ukraine with protester in recent months protesting for a more pro-western European influence of government. Since the Ukraine has been in an economic crisis in the last few years, the current President Viktor F. Yanukovich decided to take an aid package from the Russian’s. This acceptance of the Russian aid package infuriated many in the Ukraine and has stifled the government with impeachments and newly elected officials that the Russian government does not support. Now with Russians soldier on the outskirts of the Ukraine’s boarder undertaking practice exercises and ready to enter on a moment’s notice. The Russian’s are determined to influence there near- abroad to resemble; that was once part of the Soviet Union. Now in a post-cold war era this reminds us of the days of the iron curtain and the influence that the Soviet Union’s iron fist that controlled almost all of Eastern Europe during the cold war. In the mid to late 1960’s a similar revolution was taking place with-in Czechoslovakia, a revolution for a free society and a free press. A society that was not oppressed with-in the strangles arm of communism, but a society that was embraced with what Alexander Dubcek named “Socialism with a human face.” In late August, Warsaw Pact Troops invaded and the Prague Spring had begun within Czechoslovakia. The Soviet Union leader Leonid Brezhnev is going to be portrayed as my political actor. We must understand few different aspects to have the understanding why the Soviet Union did not want to lose Czechoslovakia. Plus, we need to look at the invasion now called the Prague Spring. First, we need to gain the perspective of Russian ethos.
The Russians have a deep and rich history and because of the geography of Russia it has affected much of their history. Over time the Russian have built this deep brand of Russian Nationalism before the Bolshevik revolution. This nationalism is sometimes seen as xenophobic or chauvinistic. In 1917, the Bolshevik revolution brought a Marxist – Leninist ideology that had an effect of the class system and western industrialization led by the United States. The Russians after World War II started to show their true colors as a country and started to become a true superpower, but they really started to rise in the late 1940’s and early 1950’s, Sinyevsky writes;
“The full bloom of this Great Russian nationalism and chauvinism was achieved at the end of the Forties and the beginning of the Fifties. It was associated with the unprecedented growth of Soviet military-political might as a result of the defeat of Germany and the annexations in Eastern Europe.”
At the end of World War II the Red army occupied much of Eastern Europe. Nation-states such as Poland, Hungary, Romania, and Czechoslovakia became a part of Soviet Union from the so-called...