The Prague Spring: a rebellion against Stalinism

Date: Sunday 21st October
Time: 15:00 - 16:45
Location: UCL Chadwick Building, room B05
Speaker: Francesco Merli

50 years ago, USSR-backed tanks rolled into Czechoslovakia to crush the Prague Spring. But could the movement have been successful?

The Prague Spring was a movement with the potential to develop into a socialist political revolution against the Communist Party bureaucracy, possibly with far-reaching consequences. For this reason, over the last half century, this inspiring episode has been slandered by Stalinists, co-opted by liberals, and distorted by both.

In this session, Francesco Merli provides the real story of the 1968 Prague Spring, outlining why it was defeated, and discussing its importance for revolutionaries today.

Recommended reading: 50 years after the Prague Spring - what are the lessons for today?