In This Review

The Logic of "Normalization": The Soviet Intervention in Czechoslovakia of 21 August 1968 and the Czechoslovak Response
The Logic of "Normalization": The Soviet Intervention in Czechoslovakia of 21 August 1968 and the Czechoslovak Response
By Fred Eidlin
East European Monographs, 1980, 278 pp

Although quantities have been written on the Prague Spring and its demise, Eidlin still finds pertinent questions to ask about Soviet plans and expectations upon intervening, about the Czechoslovak reaction and resistance, and about the strange compromise which kept the reformist leaders in charge of the government for months after the occupation. He mobilizes copious evidence to support his conclusions, which are relevant to the situation in Eastern Europe today, as well as to our understanding of the events of that time.