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May 27, 2020

Before Dissolution, Fascinating Photographs Show What Czechoslovakia Looked Like in 1980

Czechoslovakia, or Czecho-Slovakia was a sovereign state in Central Europe that existed from October 1918, when it declared its independence from the Austro-Hungarian Empire, until its peaceful dissolution into the Czech Republic and Slovakia on 1 January 1993.

Czechoslovakia in August 1980

From 1939 to 1945, following its forced division and partial incorporation into Nazi Germany, the state did not de facto exist but its government-in-exile continued to operate.

From 1948 to 1990, Czechoslovakia was part of the Eastern Bloc with a command economy. Its economic status was formalized in membership of Comecon from 1949 and its defense status in the Warsaw Pact of May 1955.

A period of political liberalization in 1968, known as the Prague Spring, was forcibly ended when the Soviet Union, assisted by several other Warsaw Pact countries, invaded Czechoslovakia.

In 1989, as Marxist–Leninist governments and communism were ending all over Europe, Czechoslovaks peacefully deposed their government in the Velvet Revolution; state price controls were removed after a period of preparation.

In 1993, Czechoslovakia split into the two sovereign states of the Czech Republic and Slovakia.

These fascinating photos were taken by Alan Denney that show street scenes of Czechoslovakia in August 1980.

Dobšinská Ice Cave

Dobšinská Ice Cave

Poprad street scenes

Poprad street scenes

Prague buildings

Prague Castle

Prague Metro

Prague street scenes

Prague street scenes

Prague street scenes

Prague street scenes

Prague street scenes

Prague street scenes

Prague street scenes

Prague street scenes

Prague. Benches

Prague. Betlémské nám

Prague. Buildings under construction

Prague. Malé Náměstí (Small square)

Prague. Náprstek Museum

Prague. Old Town Square

Prague. Old Town Square

Prague. Pařížská Street

Prague. Posters

Prague. Sídliště

Prague. Týn Church

Prague. Václavské náměstí

Prague. Všehrdova

Štrbské Pleso

Tábor street scenes

Tábor. The poster reads: “V pevné internacionální jednoté na stráži socialismu a míru” - “socialism and peace through international solidarity”

Tábor. Town Hall

Tábor. Žižka Square

Tatranská Lomnica


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