The Hungarian Revolution of 1956: Reform, Revolt and Repression, 1953-1963

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György Litván, János M. Bak, Lyman Howard Legters
Longman, 1996 - History - 221 pages
In 1956 a popular anti-Communist revolt broke out against Russian domination, led by former president Imre Nagy. It was crushed by Soviet and Warsaw Pact tanks with massive bloodshed. The most serious challenge to Soviet domination of Eastern Europe at the time, the 1956 rising sent shockwaves through the Cold War world. The subsequent Soviet-supported regime, under Kadar, steadily liberalized Hungary's politics, economy and society, preparing the way for the velvet revolution after the fall of the USSR. Thus, though the 1956 revolution failed in the short term, it stimulated long-term reforms and provided the moral and political foundation for the modern post-Soviet nation.

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Janos M. Bak is Professor of History at the University of British Columbia and chairman of the Executive Committee of the international association for the study of rulership, MAJESTAS.

LYMAN H. LEGTERS is Professor Emeritus at the School of International Studies, University of Washington, and Senior Fellow at the William O. Douglas Institute, Washington.

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