The First Domino: International Decision Making during the Hungarian Crisis of 1956

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In the spring and summer of 1956 the Soviet Union invaded Hungary to reassert strict communist rule. The First Domino: International Decision Making during the Hungarian Crisis of 1956 is the first full analysis in English drawing on new archival collections from Eastern-bloc countries to reinterpret decision making during this Cold War crisis. Johanna Granville selects four key patterns of misperception as laid out by political scientist Robert Jervis and shows how these patterns prevailed in the military ...
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In the spring and summer of 1956 the Soviet Union invaded Hungary to reassert strict communist rule. The First Domino: International Decision Making during the Hungarian Crisis of 1956 is the first full analysis in English drawing on new archival collections from Eastern-bloc countries to reinterpret decision making during this Cold War crisis. Johanna Granville selects four key patterns of misperception as laid out by political scientist Robert Jervis and shows how these patterns prevailed in the military crackdown and in other countries' reactions to it.
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Robert Jervis
". . . a fascinating study, meticulously documented, that not only sheds new light on an agonizing incident in the Cold War, but shows how it fits with theories of decision-making. Using archives from several countries, Granville demonstrates that leaders woefully misunderstood each other, had very different perspectives, and failed to realize that their views were not shared."——Robert Jervis, Adlai E. Stevenson Professor of International Politics, Columbia University; President, American Political Science Association; and author, Perception and Misperception in International Politics
Washington Times
This is a remarkable study of Cold War history because the author . . . has availed herself of recently opened Soviet and other archives to describe how Hungary became the first 'domino' in a process that resulted ultimately in the Soviet Union's loss of hegemony over Eastern Europe in 1989.
March 21, 2004 by Arnold Beichman, Research Fellow at the Hoover Institution, Stanford University
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Meet the Author

JOHANNA GRANVILLE is a recent resident scholar at the Hoover Institution, Stanford University, as well as at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars in Washington D.C. A recipient of Fulbright, IREX, Kennan Institute, and ACTR grants, she spent many years conducting archival research in Moscow, Budapest, and Warsaw. She served as visiting civilian professor at the United States Air War College, assistant professor at Carnegie Mellon University, and teaching fellow at Harvard University. She is a graduate of Amherst College and the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy (Tufts University).

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Table of Contents

Foreword
Preface
Ch. 1 Roots of the Uprising: Spring 1953 to Summer 1956 3
Ch. 2 The Role of Yugoslavia and Poland: Summer to Fall 1956 37
Ch. 3 The First Invasion: October 23-24, 1956 62
Ch. 4 The Second Invasion: November 4, 1956 94
Ch. 5 Janos Kadar and the Normalization Process 125
Ch. 6 The Role of the United States 158
Ch. 7 Conclusion 202
Abbreviations 215
Notes 217
Bibliography 297
Index 309
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