The Hungarian Revolution Of 1956

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The Hungarian Revolution of 1956 not only marked the start of Hungarian independence but the downfall of communism. Beginning in 1956, it was an example of how people reacted during times of oppression and it was a very serious crisis in the relationship between the super powers. The Uprising was short and sharp, lasting less than three weeks, however, the defeat of the Revolution was one of the darkest moments in the Cold War.

What was Hungary like prior to the 1956 revolution?
The people of Hungary lived a democratic life and didn’t like the idea of communism, especially any sort of restriction. Majority of the food and industrial goods produced in Hungary, were sent to Russia..
When Stalin died in 1953, people were
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Following World War II, the Soviet Army immediately occupied Hungry, resulting in Hungary falling under the Soviet’s sphere of influence. Elections took place in 1945, but Marxist-Lenin groups who shared the same beliefs as the Soviet government, who then divided allies… regardless of the fact that communists only won 17% of Hungarian vote. The USSR then forced the Hungarians and placed all communists in key positions. From then on, Hungary proceeded to be a communist state, under the ruling of Matyas Rakosi. He was a pro-stalin, harline communist, using terror and sheer brutality. The secret police (AVH) began a series of purges within the Communist Party and about half of the lower level party officials were purged, resulting in the death of at least 7,000 people as well as the imprisonment of thousands of his political opponents. The Secret Police then proceeded to relocate farmers and landowners for the Working People’s Party, once again thousands were imprisoned, tortured, sent to concentration camps and killed. Within the year of 1952, over 26,000 people were forced to relocate out of Budapest. Consequently, under his government, jobs and housing arrangements became difficult, and the living conditions decreased sufficiently. As a response to Stalin’s death in 1953, Rakosi was replaced by Imre Nagy, who was far more liberal and tried to improve the standard of living. Rakosi still managed to keep control to an extent as, ensuring his second in command,
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