The Hungarian Revolution of 1956: Myths and Realities

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Published on the occasion of the fiftieth anniversary of the revolution, this groundbreaking book reexamines the events of the uprising and the activities of some of its well-known participants, presenting them as historical actors rather than mythological figures.

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Overview

Published on the occasion of the fiftieth anniversary of the revolution, this groundbreaking book reexamines the events of the uprising and the activities of some of its well-known participants, presenting them as historical actors rather than mythological figures.

East European Monographs

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Editorial Reviews

New York Review of Books
Valuable histories.

— Istvan Deak

Slavic Review
[A] superbly documented book.

— Andrew Felkay

New York Review of Books - Istvan Deak

Valuable histories.

Slavic Review - Andrew Felkay

[A] superbly documented book.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780880335911
  • Publisher: East European Monographs
  • Publication date: 12/19/2006
  • Series: East European Monographs
  • Pages: 200
  • Product dimensions: 5.70 (w) x 8.60 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

László Eörsi is a fellow of the 1956 Institute, Budapest and a recognized authority on the 1956 Revolution.

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Table of Contents


Foreword     ix
The Siege of Budapest, 1956     1
The Weakening of Communist Power: The Antecedents of the Revolution     3
The Outbreak of the Revolution     6
The Soviet Armed Forces in Hungary     8
The Formation of Insurgent Groups     10
Insurgents during the Ceasefire     11
Armed Resistance after November 4     13
The Principal Fighting Units     14
The Insurgents at the Corvin Passage     14
The Insurgents in the Ninth District     16
The Insurgents in the Seventh District     18
The Insurgents at Szena Square     20
The Insurgents at Csepel     21
The Insurgents at Pesterzsebet     22
Epilogue     23
Notes     23
Jozsef Dudas as Revolutionary     31
Political Background     33
The Formation of the Hungarian National Revolutionary Committee and the Twenty-Five-Point Program     35
Taking over the Offices of the Szabad Nep     38
The Fuggetlenseg     39
Dudas and the Revolutionary Committee of Intellectuals     40
Talks with Imre Nagy     42
Hungarian Independence     47
The Armed Group in theBuilding of the Szabad Nep     51
At the Conference of the Revolutionary Military Committee     54
The Predicament of the Hungarian Revolutionary National Committee     56
Foreign Journalists Call on Dudas     58
Incident at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs     60
Running the Gauntlet on November 3     62
Soviet Intervention     65
Dudas under Arrest     66
Captivity, Trial, Death     70
Dudas Legends, and His Afterlife     73
Notes     79
Ilona Toth     97
Political Resistance at the Hospital on Sandor Peterfy Street     99
The Death of Istvan Kollar     102
Ilona Toth and Fellow Defendants     108
The Birth of Legends     118
Factors that Cannot Be Reconstructed     121
The Proofs     126
The "Civic National Forces" and the Cult of Ilona Toth     132
Notes     133
Peter Mansfeld     143
Childhood     145
The "Gang of Terrorists"     147
In Jail, under Investigation     152
Jozsef Blaski and Company     156
The "Civic National Forces" and the Cult of Mansfeld     163
Notes      163
The "Bastya" Group     169
Political Resistance at the Central Military Hospital     171
The Mysterious Liaison     173
Without Central Command     176
Collapse     178
Notes     179
Appendix     185
Maps     195
Index     201
About the Author     209
Books Published by CHSP     210
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