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 given hope that they would be free of the Soviet rule, but this was purely false hope. During WWII, Hungary was a member of the Axis powers, and allied with Germany, Italy, Romania and Bulgaria. Being an allie meant that they participated in the occupation of Yugoslavia and the invasion of the Soviet Union. However, the Soviet Union were able to fight back the Hungarians and and were on the winning side. The Soviets imposed huge reparations on Hungary for the damage caused. Hungary was vulnerable and feared invasion, the Hungarian government set up negotiations with Allies, but came to a sudden end. Western Europe soon became capitalist sphere of influence and at first, the Hungarian’s appreciated this as the USSR had taken them from the harsh…
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