Hungarian Rising, 1956

  • Created by: Abigail
  • Created on: 31-12-14 11:15
  • the events in Hungary 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 Soviet Union
  • Khrushchev's suggestion that there could be more than one road to socialism
  • Khrushchev's secret speech denouncing Stalin had caused shock throughout Europe
  • in the summer of 1956, workers protests in Poland forced the Polish Communist Party to elect yet another new leader
  • Wldayslaw 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 their government
  • Khrushchev sensed the danger in a wave of disturbances sweeping through east Europe
  • Hungarian leader Rakosi, a staunch Stalinist, was told by the Soviets that he was ill and in need of treatment in Moscow
  • Gero, Rakosi's replacement couldn't handle the demonstrations
  • Soviet troops that were stationed in Budapest, the Hungarian capital, were told to leave the city
  • under Soviet pressure, Gero was replaced by the moderate Nagy who the Soviet leadership hoped would be more acceptable to the reformers
  • Nagy's attempts to introduce…


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