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What were the causes and consequences of the Hungarian Uprising of 1956?

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Prepare revision notes to explain the long and short-term causes of the Hungarian Uprising. 

Causes include: 

Political (Death of Stalin, Khrushchev's speech, role of AVO and Soviet troops, events in Poland and popularity of Imre Nagy.)

Socio-Economic (standard of living, poor harvest in summer 1956, fuel shortages)

Cultural (Hungarian Nationalism or Patriotism, Soviet control of education and persecution of the Catholic Church, censorship)

Mason (68-9) is a very good summary of the main causes and consequences but you do need to make sure that your causes go back to the death of Stalin (1953) and Khrushchev's 'secret speech' at the Twentieth (Communist) Party Congress in 1956. 

Aylett (18-9) is a little better on long-term causes. 

Don't forget to read the exam board's book (McAleavy 145-8) which is good for visuals as well.

Although we may not have time to see the video, episode 7 of the Cold War series deals with the consequences of the death of Stalin.
 (After Stalin: 1953-56). As usual ,the website has some excellent resources for those who want to know more about the events. Of particular interest are interactive maps of Eastern Europe and Hungary, background biographical information on (amongst others) Irme Nagy and simulation roleplay that challenges you play the part of Nikita Khrushchev.

Revision notes to be extended to include a description of the major events of October-November 1956 and the major consequences for Hungary, Eastern Europe and the Cold War.
As above.
BBC revision or test on Hungary 1956. GCSE Bitesize Revision
Videos - Hungary 1956 and U2 and the Arms Race BBC History File Videos: The Cold War. These programmes focus on the Cold War from a Soviet perspective.