1956 De-stalinization; Before and After

Was the year 1956 a turning point in the Cold War? What events during the 1956 had an impact on course of the world history? Is the de-stalinization in the USRR and the Soviet ruled countries all about Krushchev and his secret speech during the 20th Congress of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union? What was the meaning of the Hungarian Revolution? Join the event “1956 De-stalinization; Before and After ” to find out more!

The USSR’s repression of the Hungarian Revolution featured T-54 tanks patrolling the streets of Budapest until the Red Army temporarily withdrew on 31 October 1956.

The discussion is an open panel carried out as part of the program Totalitarianism in East-Central Europe 1939–1989: History and Memory. Graduate Academy 2021-2022.


Prof. Sergey Radchenko was previously the Professor of International Relations at Cardiff University and now works as a Professor at SAIS Europe. He has written extensively on the Cold War and his current research interests center around the global history of the Cold War.

Dr. Zsuzsanna Varga’s main field of research is the history of socialist agriculture in Hungary. She is currently Head of the Modern Hungarian History Department at Eötvös Loránd University (Budapest). She is a founding member of the European Rural History Organisation and currently acts as its Vice-President. She has authored over 120 publications, including five monographs and seven edited collections. Her latest monograph was published in the Harvard Cold War Studies Book Series: The Hungarian Agricultural Miracle? Sovietization and Americanization in a Communist Country (Rowman & Littlefield, 2021).

Dr. Bartłomiej Kapica is currently working at the Centre for Totalitarian Studies of the Pilecki Institute. His main interests lie in the history of the communist movement in Poland, the communist party apparatus, and the German occupation of Poland during World War II. He was awarded “Best historical debut of 2010” in a competition organized by Institute of National Remembrance and Institute of History of the Polish Sciences Academy.

The discussion will be translated into Polish.

The project is co-financed by the Ministry of Culture, National Heritage and Sport under the “Inspirational Culture” Program.

The event will be held on 29 October 2021 at 7 PM.


Registration link: https://bit.ly/3psRlcD

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