World History: Czechoslovakia
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Communists in Czechoslovakia used massive repression to maintain power after Soviet troops helped to crush a reform movement in 1968. Writers and other intellectuals tried to oppose the government. But they had little success.
Then, in 1988 and 1989, mass demonstrations took place all over Czechoslovakia. Crowds as large as five hundred thousand were forming. Finally, in December of 1989, the Communist government collapsed.
Since the country faced old ethnic conflicts, two national groups agreed to a peaceful division of the country. Václav Havel was elected to be the president of the new Czech Republic. While Michal Kovác was elected president of Slovakia.
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