This volume, in which over 40 authors are represented, contains many things: reflections on the Hungarian revolt written at the time and later; discussion on what happened and failed to happen; the impact on Hungary, on the Soviet bloc, and on global politics; an examination of the role of poets and others of the intelligentsia; the rethinking of Marxism in and out of Hungary; and an extensive bibliography. It brings together a variety of views and interpretations, and shows how and why the events of 1956 continue to loom large as a historic watershed.
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