Hungary is in Central Europe, Northwest of Romania. It was “a part of the Austro-Hungarian Empire until its collapse during World War I” (Factbook). After World War II, the country fell to Stalin’s regime. The announcement of Hungary’s removal in the Warsaw Pact caused a vast riot. The Hungarian Revolution was a spontaneous nationwide revolt against the government of the Hungarian People's Republic and its Soviet-forced policies. It was the first major threat to Soviet control since the USSR's forces drove out the Nazis at the end of World War II. In spite of the failure of the revolution, it was exceedingly significant, and came to play a position in the downfall of the Soviet Union years later.
Hungary experienced not only Soviet occupation, but also political oppression and economic decline. Many were critical of Hungary’s problems due to Soviet control, especially political oppression. Hungary developed into a communist state under the severe, dictatorial rule of Mátyás Rákosi. During Rákosi’s control, the Security Police began a series of eliminations, starting with...
... middle of paper ...
...ep communism pertinent throughout the Western and Eastern Hemispheres.
Gati, Charles. Failed Illusions: Moscow, Washington, Budapest and the 1956 Hungarian Revolt. Stanford University Press.2006. Print.
Stambrook, F. G., G. A. Cranfield, and B. J. Dalton. Select Documents: A
Modern History Sourcebook. Sydney: McGraw-Hill, 1966. Print.
Svoboda, Jan. Jan Svoboda’s Notes on the CPSU CC Presidium Meeting with
Satellite Leaders. N.p.: n.p., 1956. Print.
Szaho, Zoltan. "Hungarian Intellectuals Manifesto." The Spectator Archive. The
Spectator, n.d. Web. 20 May 2014.
"The World Factbook." Central Intelligence Agency. CIA, 14 Apr. 2014. Web.
20 May 2014.
Need Writing Help?
Get feedback on grammar, clarity, concision and logic instantly.Check your paper »
- It was 1956, post war Hungary. A damning Soviet presence and a complete absence of national independence glooms over the Hungarian republic like the plague. With the end of a Nazi Germany occupied Hungary we entered a time of Soviet rule. Hungarian communists were shipped back to the country from Moscow, now loyal Stalinists. Speaking out against the Rakosi regime was a crime punishable by prison or execution, an outright purge of any political opposition. Thousands are missing, hundreds of thousands of people sentenced to detention.... [tags: nazi germany, russian]
1028 words (2.9 pages)
- One week before the revolution would occur, students broke away from the Party-sponsored youth organization DISZ and formed a radical independent student association openly opposed to the regime stirring the pot of revolution soup that was brewing in Hungary in 1956. Unlike the moderate Petofi Circle, the student groups were openly demanding satisfaction with their requests for change. The fundamental and structural changes they longed for were going to happen. One of the leaders of the student association AHUCU Association of Hungarian University and College Unions, Kiss Tamas, discusses the change in the culture of Hungary starting with the students, the young people, they w... [tags: communism, students association]
1136 words (3.2 pages)
- Following the death of Josef Stalin in 1953, the harsh policies he implemented in not only the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics, but also its many satellite nations began to break down. There was a movement to distance all of the socialist nations from Stalin?s sadistic rule. In the Peoples. Republic of Hungary, there was much disillusionment with this Stalinist absolutism (Felkay 50). This disillusionment with the Soviet ideal of socialism lead the people of the fledgeling socialist state of Hungary to rise up in revolt, but ill-preparedness and the strength of the Soviet Red Army put down the insurrection within several days.... [tags: Hungarian Revolution Essays]
886 words (2.5 pages)
- 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 ver... [tags: breaking away or reforming communism]
1095 words (3.1 pages)
- ... This left the country in a famine, along with an economic depression. Fuel was short, which caused the already cold Hungarian autumn and winter to become unbearable. B. The strict regime in place in Hungary prevented basic human rights, and had gone around the basic principle of communism: general equality and fairness for the greater good. B. The idea of the greater good was taken out of control as militarism (the belief that a government/people should maintain a strong military capability and be ready to use it aggressively at will) from the U.S.S.R.... [tags: nazi germany, stalin, khruschev]
902 words (2.6 pages)
- ... In the beginning, it was only a protest by students, but it attracted thousands from then on. The Hungarian government announced its intention to withdraw from the Warsaw pact, leading to a violent intervention from the Soviet Union. Khrushchev sends in his forces, an encircling fleet of Soviet tanks and troops. The Hungarians and their army attempt to fight back, but ultimately are defeated. 20,000 Hungarians wounded and 2,500 dead. With the knowledge of what transpired, we can look at what led to these events.... [tags: protests, communism, Khrushchev]
540 words (1.5 pages)
- “Women in the 1848-1849 Hungarian Revolution” is written by Robert Nemes. The thesis of this article is: Six weeks after the outbreak of revolution in Hungary, a remarkable document appeared in a patriotic Hungarian language newspaper, Pesti Divatlvap. Entitled “Demands of the Radical Hungarian Women,” this twenty-four petition boldly asserted women’s right to take part in public life and underlined their importance to the revolutionary cause. The author uses these main points to support his thesis.... [tags: twenty four demands, article analysis]
1080 words (3.1 pages)
- A Year in Time 1956 THE FIFTIES: A period of time between 1948 and 1964. The fifties are more a state of mind than an actual span of years. THE FIFTIES: A time when men were men, and women were women. THE FIFTIES: A time when everyone knew who they were. A time when you went to school, graduated, (or dropped out) got a job, got married and had kids, in that order. THE FIFTIES: A time before the Beatles, hippies, riots in the streets and Vietnam. A time when cars were works of art, and each model year was anxiously awaited.... [tags: essays research papers]
1307 words (3.7 pages)
- Comparing the Events in Hungary in 1956 and Czechoslovakia in 1968 Both of these events covered the same basic outline; a revolt, reforms in the country and the USSR’s reaction to these modifications. However in both cases the situation differed with many similarities and differences. Both events started with the same cause, dissatisfaction with Communism and the restrictions that came with it. Both countries were bitter about losing their freedom of speech and lived in fear of the secret police, yet in Hungary this was present on a bigger scale.... [tags: Papers]
572 words (1.6 pages)
- Throughout history, there have been many revolutions between people and their governments. People have always wanted change, whether it be social, economic, and/or political, for people wanted control over their lives, rather than being under the rule of a powerful government. For long periods of time people lived under the rule of a powerful government but eventually they could bear no more. The American revolution and the Russian revolution both had similarities and differences, however they had one cause, which was their independence from their government.... [tags: Russian Revolution, Social Change]
930 words (2.7 pages)
- Fear is Insanity and Destruction: Lord of the Flies
- Genocide in Somalia: It's Impact on the World
- The Sociological Effects and Moral and Ethical Considerations of Genetically Modified Foods
- The Decline of Japan’s Birth Rate
- Preparing for Bioterrorism
- The Relationship Between Britain and the European Union