Alexander Dubček

The Symbol of Spring

by Miroslav Londák (Volume editor) Slavomír Michálek (Volume editor)
©2019 Edited Collection 558 Pages
Series: Spectrum Slovakia, Volume 26


The book presents a detailed biography of Alexander Dubček, the icon of the “Czecho-Slovak Spring” in 1968. It aims to explain his decisions and intellectual development in the context of the turbulent development of the 20th century Central Europe. Dubčk’s importance went beyond Czechoslovak borders. His vision of the “socialism with the human face” secured him worldwide fame. At the end of the 1960s, he became a global symbol of the changes desired on both sides of the Iron Curtain. The short time of his leadership brought him and his country at the forefront of the global politics. The invasion of the Warsaw Pact into Czechoslovakia ended his political career and brought him 20 years of isolation. However, Dubčk’s popularity and infl uence in the European Left remained unchanged.

Table Of Contents

  • Cover
  • Title
  • Copyright
  • About the book
  • Contents
  • Foreword
  • Alexander Dubček, Past and Present
  • Where the Promised Land Is?
  • Interhelpo
  • Anti-Nazi Resistance
  • From Worker to Professional Politician
  • First Political Steps
  • The First Secretary of the ÚV KSS
  • The Early Spring and Problems of the Slovak Economy
  • The Early Spring and Cultural Elites
  • Socialism with a Human Face
  • The US and the West before August 1968
  • The Invasion and the Platonic Sympathy of the White House
  • The Moscow Protocol
  • At the Beginning of Normalisation
  • Ambassador to Ankara
  • Slovak Society during Normalisation
  • Normalisation Did Not Silence Dubček
  • Alexander Dubček or Václav Havel?
  • Route to Social Democracy
  • The Chairman of the Federal Parliament
  • Alexander Dubček in Historiography
  • Conclusion
  • Selected Bibliography
  • About the Authors
  • Series index


ISBN (Hardcover)
Publication date
2019 (October)
History Central Eastern Europe Communism Czechoslovakia Biography Prague spring
Berlin, Bern, Bruxelles, New York, Oxford, Warszawa, Wien, 2019. 558 S., 3 Tab.

Biographical notes

Miroslav Londák (Volume editor) Slavomír Michálek (Volume editor)

Miroslav Londák studied history at the Comenius University in Bratislava. He is the Head of Department of the Contemporary History at the Institute of History at the Slovak Academy of Sciences. He is an author of books and articles dealing with the economic development of postwar Czechoslovakia and the reform process of the "Czechoslovak Spring" in 1968. Slavomír Michálek studied history at the Comenius University in Bratislava. He is the director of the Institute of History at the Slovak Academy of Sciences. His research focuses on the Czechoslovak relation with the USA in the second half of the 20th century, personalities of Slovak diplomacy and the Slovak democratic exile of the postwar era.


Title: Alexander Dubček