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Stalin's Boots

In the Footsteps of the Failed 1956 Hungarian Revolution

by Lisa Lieberman

Today's struggles for self-determination in Ukraine, Turkey, the Middle East and elsewhere are sad reminders of events in the Soviet Bloc during the Cold War. The death of Joseph Stalin in 1953 and Khrushchev’s subsequent denunciation of his predecessor’s repressive policies opened the door to unrest in Eastern Europe. The most instructive case was Hungary. There a strong nationalist tradition combined with a disdain for its Communist bosses to incite a spontaneous popular rebellion against one-party rule. The Hungarian Revolution of 1956 was quickly put down by Soviet tanks, but in its historical antecedents, its idealism, and the character of its major players it provided a textbook portrait of a revolt against autocratic power. Lisa Lieberman traces the roots of the uprising that produced the first “freedom fighters.” 

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ISBN: 978-1-937853-58-7

Words: 8,614

Pages: 19

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Tags:  Hungary - Freedom Fighters - Communism - Soviet Union - Soviet Satellites - Iron Curtain - 1956 Revolution - Memento Park - Joseph Stalin - Janos Kadar - Matyas Rakosi - Bela Kun - Miklos Horthy - Imre Nagy - Tibor Dery