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The Hungarian Revolution of 1956: Reform, Revolt and Repression, 1953-1963 Textbook Binding – February, 1996

ISBN-13: 978-0582215047 ISBN-10: 0582215048

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Text: English (translation)
Original Language: Hungarian --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Product Details

  • Textbook Binding: 248 pages
  • Publisher: Longman Pub Group (February 1996)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0582215048
  • ISBN-13: 978-0582215047
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 5.8 x 8.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,952,552 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on March 10, 1998
Format: Textbook Binding
Reviewed by PETER UNWIN in International Relations, Volume XIII, No3, December 1996 -
Forty years ago this autumn the world was convulsed by two acts of aggression: the Franco-British invasion of Egypt and the Soviet assault upon Hungary. Both aggressions have long since been vacated, that against Egypt almost immediately, that against Hungary seven years ago, in Europe's year of miracles. But historians have perhaps not yet fully explored the significance of either event; as Mao said of the French Revolution, it is perhaps too soon to tell.
Until recently, exploration of the Hungarian Revolution and its repression presented particular problems. In Hungary itself and in the Soviet Union, the two main protagonists of the tragedy, the subject was officially closed. Anniversaries were marked only by official, and entirely partial, statements and publications. Honest historical research of the Revolution was forbidden, and even discussion of what happened so long ago was politically dangerous. Official oblivion may not have prevented Hungarians and even Russians reflecting on what happened in 1956 but it stood in the way of any informed examination of the question and ruled out publication of objective research about it. It was left to people outside the Soviet world, and to Hungarian emigrés above all, to brood over the facts and theories about October-November 1956 and to weave them into memoirs and history.
Hungary's freedom in 1989 changed all that, and since that time Hungarian scholars have worked openly on what was without doubt the most significant series of events in Hungary's twentieth-century history. A group of historians at the Institute for the History of the 1956 Revolution in Budapest have now published some of their work in English in time for the anniversary.
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3 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Excedrin2 on May 25, 2000
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This is the first true book about the Hungarian Revolution.
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