1956: The World in Revolt

1956: The World in Revolt

by Simon Hall


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1956: The World in Revolt by Simon Hall

Vibrantly and perceptively told, this is the story of one remarkable year—a vivid history of exhilarating triumphs and shattering defeats around the world.
1956 was one of the most remarkable years of the twentieth century. All across the globe, ordinary people spoke out, filled the streets and city squares, and took up arms in an attempt to win their freedom.
In this dramatic, page-turning history, Simon Hall takes the long view of the year's events—putting them in their post-war context and looking toward their influence on the counterculture movements of the 1960s—to tell the story of the year's epic, global struggles from the point of view of the freedom fighters, dissidents, and countless ordinary people who worked to overturn oppressive and authoritarian systems in order to build a brave new world. It was an epic contest.1956 is the first narrative history of the year as a whole—and the first to frame its tumultuous events as part of an interconnected, global story of revolution.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781681775265
Publisher: Pegasus Books
Publication date: 10/10/2017
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 528
Sales rank: 494,230
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 1.20(d)

About the Author

Simon Hall studied history at Cambridge University and held a Fox International Fellowship at Yale, before moving to the University of Leeds to teach American history. His previous books for the academic market include Peace and Freedom: The Civil Rights and Antiwar Movements in the 1960s; American Patriotism, American Protest: Social Movements Since the Sixties; and Rethinking the American Anti-War Movement. 1956 is his first trade book. He lives in England.

Table of Contents

Prologue ix

I Winter: Cracks in the Old Order

1 Montgomery 5

2 Mallet's Surrender 27

3 The Secret Speech 49

4 Massive Resistance 69

II Spring: A Yearning for Freedom

5 The Long Walk 93

6 Retreat from Empire 111

7 The Palestro Massacre 131

8 Part of a Great Struggle All Over the World 145

III Summer: A Spirit of Rebellion

9 Bread and Freedom 163

10 The Petöfi Circle 181

11 Angry Young Men 195

12 A Coup de Main 209

13 The Women's March 225

14 Mob Rule 237

IV Autumn: Revolution and Reaction

15 Collusion at Sèvres 257

16 Polish October 273

17 Uprising 291

18 Suez 317

19 Operation Whirlwind 339

20 Sierra Maestra 357

21 Freedom on Trial 373

Aftermath 381

Acknowledgements 401

Select Bibliography 403

Notes 415

Index 497

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