It was 1939, and the tensions in Europe were about to hit the breaking point, and on one infamous September afternoon, they did. The decree of war by Nazi Germany’s invasion of Poland marked the beginning of World War II. Due to the strong belief that Adolf Hitler and his Nazi forces woul...
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...hat changed the country’s name to the Hungarian People’s Republic. Following the death of Stalin in 1953, the Soviet regime allowed for a new, more flexible policy known as the “New Course” (Burant). At the head of the new leadership was Imre Nagy. Nagy served as the Chairman of the Council of Ministers of the People’s Republic of Hungary from 1953 to 1955, during which time his “New Course” policy proposed radical changes to Hungarian politics. The reforms consisted of “an end to the forced development of heavy industry, more consumer goods, no more forcing of peasants into the collectives, the release of political prisoners, and the closing of internment camps” (Encyclopædia Britannica). Although Nagy was removed from office per Soviet request, his “New Course” policy was effective and was designated by the Hungarian people as the leader of the Revolution of 1956.
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