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The Resource Moscow 1956 : the silenced spring, Kathleen E. Smith

Moscow 1956 : the silenced spring, Kathleen E. Smith

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Moscow 1956 : the silenced spring
Title
Moscow 1956
Title remainder
the silenced spring
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Kathleen E. Smith
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Language
eng
Summary
Joseph Stalin had been dead for three years when his successor, Nikita Khrushchev, stunned a closed gathering of Communist officials with a litany of his predecessor's abuses. Meant to clear the way for reform from above, Khrushchev's "Secret Speech" of February 25, 1956, shattered the myth of Stalin's infallibility. In a bid to rejuvenate the Party, Khrushchev had his report read out loud to members across the Soviet Union that spring. However, its message sparked popular demands for more information and greater freedom to debate. Moscow 1956: The Silenced Spring brings this first brief season of thaw into fresh focus. Drawing on newly declassified Russian archives, Kathleen Smith offers a month-by-month reconstruction of events as the official process of de-Stalinization unfolded and political and cultural experimentation flourished. Smith looks at writers, students, scientists, former gulag prisoners, and free-thinkers who took Khrushchev's promise of liberalization seriously, testing the limits of a more open Soviet system. But when anti-Stalin sentiment morphed into calls for democratic reform and eventually erupted in dissent within the Soviet bloc--notably in the Hungarian uprising--the Party balked and attacked critics. Yet Khrushchev had irreversibly opened his compatriots' eyes to the flaws of monopolistic rule. Citizens took the Secret Speech as inspiration and permission to opine on how to restore justice and build a better society, and the new crackdown only reinforced their discontent. The events of 1956 set in motion a cycle of reform and retrenchment that would recur until the Soviet Union's collapse in 1991.--
Summary
JIn 1956 Khrushchev stunned Communists by reciting a litany of Stalin’s abuses. His bid to rejuvenate the Party opened the door to upheaval, as Soviet citizens asked where the system had gone astray. Kathleen Smith contends that the year’s brief thaw set in motion a cycle of reform and retrenchment that would recur until the Soviet Union’s collapse
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10563772
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MH/DLC
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947.085/2
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index present
Literary form
non fiction
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adult
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the silenced spring
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Moscow 1956 : the silenced spring, Kathleen E. Smith
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Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
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volume
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nc
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rdacarrier.
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  • rdacontent.
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Dimensions
25 cm.
Extent
434 pages
Isbn
9780674972001
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(hbk.)
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unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia.
Media type code
n
Specific material designation
regular print
Label
Moscow 1956 : the silenced spring, Kathleen E. Smith
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier.
Content category
  • text
  • still image
Content type code
  • txt
  • sti
Content type MARC source
  • rdacontent.
  • rdacontent.
Dimensions
25 cm.
Extent
434 pages
Isbn
9780674972001
Isbn Type
(hbk.)
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia.
Media type code
n
Specific material designation
regular print

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