The German ‘Revolution’ of 1848

The ‘old order’ of post-Vienna Europe – that of absolute rulers and their reactionary plutocrats enforcing their rule on a subjugated population – seemed on the brink in the year of 1848. From Sicily in the south through the heart of Central Europe, voices for constitutional reform and national re-awakenings grew in tandem to generateContinue reading “The German ‘Revolution’ of 1848”

An uneasy relationship: Soviet control over Central and Eastern Europe – The Prague Spring of 1968

The shifting sands of Soviet internal power in the 1960s – Khrushchev being replaced by Brezhnev – heralded a change in the dynamics of the foreign policy and international relations of the USSR and its sphere of influence. The mantra of ‘peaceful co-existence’ – in principle if not always in practice – from the KhrushchevContinue reading “An uneasy relationship: Soviet control over Central and Eastern Europe – The Prague Spring of 1968”

An uneasy relationship: Soviet control over Central and Eastern Europe – Hungary 1956

Our first ‘case study’ in this unit exploring the dynamics, pressures and specific nuances of key events in the development – and ultimately the demise – of ‘Communist Europe’ focused on the dramatic shifting of the sands of power in Hungary in 1956. Notwithstanding the East Berlin uprising of 1953, the events of October/November 1956Continue reading “An uneasy relationship: Soviet control over Central and Eastern Europe – Hungary 1956”

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