Czechoslovakia: Tremors of Change

The tremors emanating from Czechoslovakia's extraordinary wave of reform not only shook the country itself but spread through all of Eastern Europe. In Prague, Party Boss Alexander Dubcek, chief architect of the reforms, consolidated his position and opened the way for further liberalization by forcing the resignation of deposed Party Chief Antonin Novotny, 63, as President of the country that he had ruled with an iron hand for 15 years. Polish students used the reforms in Czecho slovakia as a herald in their defiance of the government. Rumanian Party Boss Nicolae Ceausescu, an earlier liberalizer (TIME cover, March...

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