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Professor Austin's lecture on momentous turns in the history of the Czech Republic

The head of the Centre for European, Russian and Eurasian Studies at the University of Toronto, professor Robert Austin, was a guest speaker at an evening dedicated to Czech history co-organized by the Consulate General of the Czech Republic and the Toronto Reference Library. The lecture was a well attended event which served as an appropriate follow-up to the previous events commemorating significant Czech historical anniversaries of 2018.

The lecture by professor Austin, who is a recognized authority on the Balkan region as well as middle Europe, thematically concentrated on the events of the Prague Spring and the subsequent invasion by the Warsaw Pact armies followed by the era of „Normalization“. In his speech professor Austin engagingly compared historical context, goals and impacts of the revolution in Hungary in 1956 to the period of the Prague Spring in 1968. His lecture also touched upon current political developments in Europe and how influential the events of 1968 are on them to this day. Consul General Počuch then expanded on the topic by speaking about some of the moments typical of the political and social atmosphere of 1968. His own personal recollections from that memorable year were especially interesting for the listeners.


The accompanying photographic exhibition titled „Lights in Shadow“, owned by the Consulate General in Toronto, depicting protesters in the streets of Prague and other cities after the invasion of the armies of the Warsaw Pact contributed to the success of the evening.

Professor Austin's lecture on momentous turns in the history of the Czech Republic