1968: A Bulgarian Perspective
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The history of the Prague Spring and Warsaw Pact invasion of Czechoslovakia in 1968 has been thoroughly rewritten since the end of the Cold War. Yet certain key ‘blank spots’ in the historiography still exist, among them the role played by a small Balkan communist state—Bulgaria. Baev’s chapter discusses several lesser known themes: the input of the Bulgarian leadership in the Warsaw Pact decision-making process in favour of military intervention in Czechoslovakia; the participation of Bulgarian units in the invasion; the influence of the Prague Spring and invasion on the Bulgarian public; and the consequences of these events for Bulgarian foreign and domestic policy and for developments in the Balkans as a whole.