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The First War Between Socialist States: The Hungarian Revolution of 1956 and Its Impact

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The First War Between Socialist States: The Hungarian Revolution of 1956 and Its Impact

The First War Between Socialist States: The Hungarian Revolution of 1956 and Its Impact
Edited by Bela K. Kiraly, Barbara Lotze and Nandor F. Dreisz
Brooklyn College Press, 1984, 608 pp. Purchase

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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