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How did it start?
"Secret speech" at 20th Party Congress 1956. Said:
Wrong to elevate Stalin to Godlike: he knew everything, made decisions for everyone else
He had discarded Lenin's methods of convincing and education, turned to violence, mass
repression and torture
Such criticism was a shock as…

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To prove communism was successful, (Cold War), so had to produce enough food.
Personal belief that a system that couldn't provide even basics, needed reform: "What sort
of communism is it that cannot provide a sausage?"
Key features?
Food prices were raised to encourage production
Peasants could sell produce from…


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