Soviet - East Europe relations, 1956-1958.
Smith, Frederic Walton
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The purpose of this research study is to examine a specific and significant period of time in the development of the Soviet bloc—1956 to 1958. As considered in this dissertation, the Soviet bloc consists of the Soviet Union and its East European "satellites": Albania, Bulgaria, Czechoslovakia, East Germany, Hungary, Poland, and Rumania, Yugoslavia and China are treated only to the extent that their policies affected Soviet-East European relations during this time period. The writer has discussed how Stalin forgot the Soviet bloc in Eastern Europe, the events leading up to the crisis of 1956, and the manner in which the Soviet leaders reacted to this crisis. How the bloc evolved under Khrushchev's leadership, especially the sweeping and perhaps irreversible effects of his so-called de-Stalinization policies has been shown. The manuscript shows how rapid military and industrial growth of the Soviet bloc relative to the United States and her allies altered significantly the power relationship that had obtained for a decade following World War II. At this time, the campaign against imperialism and colonialism reached its peak. The Soviets, quick to take advantage of deteriorating Western influence, were able to provide a political leadership apparently sympathetic to the desires of the new nations for independence and rapid growth.
This thesis document was issued under the authority of another institution, not NPS. At the time it was written, a copy was added to the NPS Library collection for reasons not now known. It has been included in the digital archive for its historical value to NPS. Not believed to be a CIVINS (Civilian Institutions) title.
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