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Hungary 1956 Revisited
Hungary 1956 Revisited
By Ferenc Fehér and Agnes Heller
Allen & Unwin, 1983, 174 pp.

Not a retelling but a reinterpretation of the events of 1956 and their meaning for Hungary and for the world. The authors, scholars who left Hungary in the 1970s, have a definite point of view, which is radical and socialist but not communist. They see the revolution as defying simple explanation: it was both nationalist and socialist, and was directed not only against Moscow but also the Western powers which were jointly responsible for the infamous Yalta-Potsdam system and which failed both Hungary and the cause of freedom in 1956. A book which invites debate and merits a careful reading.