This book, first published in 1983, is a radical reinterpretation of the Hungarian revolution in the context of world politics and Eastern Europe as a whole. It examines the events and protagonists with a fresh eye, and relies on witnesses and participants for the rigorous documentary backing.
Table of Contents
Part 1. The Impact on the World 1. The Hungarian Revolution and Superpower Politics 2. The Soviet Post-Stalin Internal Fight and the Hungarian Revolution 3. The Hungarian Revolution and the Western Left 4. The East European Context Part 2. The Impact on Hungary 5. The Hungarian Revolution: A ‘Simple Matter’? 6. Was the Revolution Necessary? 7. The New Republic 8. Imre Nagy: A ‘Kerensky in Reverse’, and Inconsistent Bolshevik, or a New Type of Socialist Radical? 9. Violence in the Revolution 10. Kádárist Hungary: The Product of a Crushed Revolution
Ferenc Fehér and Agnes Heller