Hungarian Rising, 1956

  • Created by: Abigail
  • Created on: 11-12-14 19:16
  • the events of in Hungary in 1956 showed the vulnerability of the Soviet sphere of influence that had been built up after WW2
  • the calls for liberation within Hungary were encouraged by Khrushchev's policy of De-Stalinisation and demonstrated the impact that changes within the SU
  • his secret speech denouncing Stalin had caused shock throughout Eastern Europe
  • in the summer of 1956, workers protests in Poland forced the Polish Communist Party to elect yet another new leader
  • Gomulka was elected and introduced a series of moderate reforms
  • encouraged by the Polish example, Hungarian reformers started demonstrations in order to put pressure on the government
  • Khrushchev sensed the danger in a wave of disturbances sweeping through Eastern Europe
  • Hungarian leader Rakosi, a staunch Stalinist, was told by the Soviets he was ill and in need of…


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