Slides in this set
One-Party Rule in Eastern Europe
Only the Communist party permitted to exist, all
other parties banned.
Democratic freedoms (freedom of speech, freedom
of expression, etc) removed.
Strict Communist control of the mass media
No private enterprise.
Central planning of economy
A powerful political police, or secret police, set up to
ensure obedience.…read more
1953 Death of Stalin
Replaced by Khrushchev.
Khrushchev seeks to moderate
"Secret Speech" February 1956
Khrushchev criticises Stalinism
Taken as a signal in Eastern Europe that the
Soviet Union will relax its grip.…read more
The Hungarian Revolution
Growing unrest 1953-6 over:
Inefficiency of central planning
1956 demonstrations against the government
following news of the "secret speech".
24th October General Strike called by workers
councils, demanding a return to democracy.
Hungarian Army refuses to help the Government.
Soviets allow appointment of more moderate
Hungarian Communist Leader (Imry Nagy)…read more