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The intellectual origins of the Prague spring; the development of reformist ideas in Czechoslovakia, 1956-1967,
by Vladimir V. Kusin.
imprint
Cambridge [England] University Press, 1971.
description
v, [1], 153 p. --
ISBN
0521081246
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Book
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imprint
Cambridge [England] University Press, 1971.
isbn
0521081246
local note
Author's presentation copy to H.G. Skilling; with the latter's notes in MS.
catalogue key
775385
 
Includes bibliographical references.
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Summaries
Description for Library
In this survey of the development of reformist ideas among the Czech intelligentsia from 1956 to 1967, Dr Kusin presents an intellectual pre-history of the Prague Spring of 1968. He believes that incongruity between the political, social, economic and cultural organization imposed on Czechoslovakia after 1948 and the national disposition of the people was at the root of reformist thinking. The book is unusual in putting at least as much emphasis on reformist ideas in the fields of law, philosophy, culture, history and political science as on revisionism in economic organization.
Main Description
In this survey of the development of reformist ideas among the Czech intelligentsia from 1956 to 1967, Dr Kusin presents an intellectual pre-history of the Prague Spring of 1968. He believes that incongruity between the political, social, economic and cultural organization imposed on Czechoslovakia after 1948 and the national disposition of the people was at the root of reformist thinking. The desirability of change gradually found expression in the formulation of a national aim to make the system more democratic, humane and even in a sense 'pluralistic', while preserving its socialist character. The author's emphasis is on the growing influence of the 'unofficial' intellectual groups and their impact on the political structure of the day. The book is unusual in putting at least as much emphasis on reformist ideas in the fields of law, philosophy, culture, history and political science as on revisionism in economic organization.
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In this survey of the development of reformist ideas among the Czech intelligentsia from 1956 to 1967, Dr Kusin presents an intellectual pre-history of the Prague Spring of 1968. He Pays particular attention to reformist ideas in the fields of law, philosophy, culture, history and political science.
Table of Contents
Introduction
The push of 1956
Legal re-thinking
Philosophy of man
The importance of culture
Alienation
National awareness
Historians draw a lesson
The economic and scientific factor
Conceptual political thought
Political blueprints
Foreign policy
Conclusions
Postscripts 1970
Index
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