The 1956 Hungarian Revolution in World Politics

By Csaba Békés

Budapest, 1956-os Intézet, 2006

391 pages, 5990 Ft

An English language edition of this book is forthcoming:

Csaba Békés: Cold War, Détente, Revolution. Center for Hungarian Studies and Publications, Inc. (Social Science Monographs), Boulder, Colorado, Wayne, New Jersey.

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Table of Contents

I. The main trends in East-West relations, 1945-53

The origins of the Cold War


The German question


The Marshall Plan


Sovietization of East-Central Europe


The years of the classic Cold War

II. East-Central Europe and the great powers, 1953-56

The Soviet Union


Soviet–East-Central European relations in transformation
Soviet crisis management and de-Stalinization in East-Central Europe
  The Western Great Powers
III. The Hungarian Revolution and World politics

Hopes and illusions in Hungary

The foreign policy of the Imre Nagy government

The making of the declaration of neutrality

The Soviet Union and the Soviet Bloc

The Western world, the Suez crisis and the United Nations

The United States of America
Britain, France and the Suez crisis
The Hungarian question in the United Nations
IV. The international impact of the revolution

Developments in East-West relations

The United Nations and the Third World

The United States of America

The Soviet Union

The Soviet Bloc

Western public opinion


  List of documents
  Bibliography (compiled by László Gyõri and András Kiss)
  Index of names
  English summary
  English table of contents