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Oct 7, 2019 8:00 PM

The Soviet Invasion of 1968: The Russian Perspective

The documentary film and book of the same name offer unique view of the August events of 1968 from the point of view of Soviet dissidents and intelligence. Followed by a Q&A with author and director Josef Pazderka and Prof. Milan Babík.


October 7, 8PM
In the Cinema


Followed by Q&A with the author and director Josef Pazderka and Prof. Milan Babík.

Film Screening: The Soviet Invasion of Czechoslovakia in 1968: The Russian Perspective 
Czech Television, 2011, 57 min., Czech Republic. Director: Josef Pazderka.

“One of the leading Czech journalists, Josef Pazderka is an authority on Russia who has now produced a meticulous, evenhanded look at the Soviet participants and observers of the USSR’s 1968 invasion of Czechoslovakia. From army privates to generals, dissidents to top officials, their previously under-reported experiences and perceptions provide a valuable understanding of a wrench- ing event for Pazderka’s country and a major episode in Cold War history that remains highly relevant to the geopolitical confrontation in Europe today.” — GREGORY FEIFER, Harvard University

“The Prague Spring of 1968 and its violent suppression by the Warsaw Pact tanks was initially viewed as just a family squabble within the Soviet bloc. It seemed to be of little concern to others. But Josef Pazderka and his co-authors have brilliantly exploded this myth. They show that the invasion was a breaking point in the history of the Cold War. The specter of Soviet tanks unleashed by the Kremlin to crush a mild reform effort demonstrated to millions of Russians that communism was unim- provable and thatit would have to be rejected for people to regain their right to pursue happiness.”  — IGOR LUKES, Boston University

This collection of interviews, diaries, and scholarly analyses is the first compre - hensive look at Russian sentiments in the wake of the Warsaw Pact occupation of Czechoslovakia in August 1968. The Soviet Invasion of Czechoslovakia in 1968: The Russian Perspective features the reflections of Russian soldiers, dissidents, and journalists, giving new and greater insight into those involved in and affected by the Soviet invasion.

Prof. Milan Babík
Visiting Assistant Professor of Government (Colby College, Maine)
D.Phil. International Relations, University of Oxford (2009) 
M.Sc. International Relations, London School of Economics & Political Science (2002) 
B.A. Government and Economics, Colby College (2001) 
Areas of Expertise: post-positivist IR, 20th-century international history, aesthetic turn in IR, critical historiography, narrative theory

Organized by the Czechoslovak Society of Arts and Sciences (SVU), New York Chapter and the Czech Center New York, in cooperation with the Consulate General of the Czech Republic in New York.

Photo Credit: Vladimír Lammer and Archive of Alena Šourková



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Oct 7, 2019 8:00 PM


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