China's Involvement in the Hungarian Revolution, October-November 1956

Zhu, Dandan (2016) China's Involvement in the Hungarian Revolution, October-November 1956. Corvinus Journal of International Affairs, 1 (3). pp. 78-87. DOI

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The 1956 crises in the Soviet Bloc states, and the Hungarian October events in particular, had a profound impact on China's international and domestic policies. The Chinese Communist Party leadership – party chairman Mao Zedong in particular – had by the end of mid-1950s begun to conceive of "a great Chinese revolution," which would largely take the form of large-scale industrial modernization. At the same time, China's awareness that it could develop into a leading player in the international socialist camp led Mao and his colleagues to actively intervene on the East European scene, posing an implicit challenge to the Soviet dominance in the bloc. The apparent desire of the Hungarian and Polish people to break free from Stalinist socialism, and the real risk, as Mao saw it, of the bloc foundering, convinced the Chinese Party that only reforming institutional socialism and revising the Stalinist pattern of inter-state relations could keep the camp intact.

Item Type:Article
Uncontrolled Keywords:Cold War, China, 1956 Hungarian Revolution, Hungary, Poland, Mao
Subjects:International relations
ID Code:2591
Deposited By: Ádám Hoffmann
Deposited On:06 Jan 2017 11:24
Last Modified:23 Jan 2018 08:33

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