Differences between the Hungarian Revolution and the Prague Spring

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When the Soviet Union annexed the countries of East Central Europe, it began to spread its communist influence amongst the countries. After the death of Joseph Stalin, the new leader of the Soviet Union, Nika Khrushchev, began changing the repressive policies of Stalin, which opened the doors to the countries of East Central Europe to challenge the rule of the Soviets. In both Hungary and Czechoslovakia, there were uprisings for independence from the Eastern Bloc. Although the Hungarian Revolution and the Prague Spring had the similar crushing defeat by a soviet invading force, the two uprising differed in outcomes due to Hungary’s nationalist attempt to break free from communism versus the Czechoslovak attempts to reform communism internally within the country. At the conclusion of World War II, the people of Hungary got to experience for the first time in over a hundred years a chance to vote in elections and created their own government on the foundation of democratic principles. The Soviets had troops on the Hungarian border and were not concerned about assessing their control of Hungary until 1948. At that time the local favorite Imre Nagy and Laszlo Rajk were removed and replaced by the Stalin hardliner Rakoski. Rakoski asserted his absolute control over Hungary. He purged the communist party of Hungary of “Titotists” and forced indoctrination of Stalinism in the educational intuitions throughout Hungary. Hungary was one of the most repressed country sin East Central Europe until 1953 with the death of Josef Stalin. When Josef Stalin died and leadership of the Soviet Union changed to Nika Khrushchev, the period of the soviet thaw had a profound effect on the countries of East Central Europe. Nagy was made Prime Min... ... middle of paper ... ... turn an ask for allies for assistance and to give the impression that the entire Warsaw Pact would not tolerate the reforms by Dubcek. The Czech’s did not have the military power to stand up against the countries of the Warsaw Pact and surrendered the entire reforms of the Dubcek Era. Unlike Nagy of Hungary, Dubcek was arrested but his life was spared by the soviets. The Prague Spring ended in a similar fashion as the Hungarian Revolution. Brezhnev would not allow any country within the Warsaw Pact to reform or change the communism within the country. He called up all the surrounding countries of the Warsaw Pact to invade Czechoslovakia to end the reforms. The difference from the Hungarian Revolution was that there was not a huge amount of the loss of life. The invasion of Prague was quick and swift and Soviet control was established once again. Brezhnev declared “

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