Australian Left Review

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Editorial Statement



Just over ten years ago, on the night of August 20-21, 1968, a massive invasion of Warsaw Pact forces stopped in its tracks the Czechoslovak attempt to develop a ‘socialism with a human face’. Seasonally, it was the end of summer, with autumn yet to come. Politically, the spring time regeneration which had lasted for nearly seven months, turned to winter overnight, covering the political landscape with a thickening blanket of grey, bureaucratic snow which gradually withered all the shoots of the ‘Prague Spring’.