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De Béla Kun à János Kádár: Soixante-Dix Ans de Communisme Hongrois
De Béla Kun à János Kádár: Soixante-Dix Ans de Communisme Hongrois
By Miklós Molnár
Presses de la Fondation Nationale des Sciences Politiques, 1987, 335 pp.

Because he has known Communist Party politics at first hand, and even more because he has done such a thorough job of research, Miklós Molnár has succeeded in writing an excellent history of Hungarian communism. It is especially good on the interwar period when the party was "in the desert," being destroyed by its own conflicts and by Stalinist terror, and on the process of the conquest of power after World War II. Areas of obscurity in the 70-year span remain, but the recent work of Molnár-like that of American scholars such as Charles Gati, Rudolf Tökes and Bennett Kovrig-has greatly reduced them.