How great a threat did the revolts in Hungary (1956) and Czechoslovakia (1968) present to soviet control of Eastern Europe?
The Czechoslovakian and Hungarian revolts both provided major issues and threats for the soviet control in Eastern Europe. However these were not the only threats, another, and the most significant threat, being the East German problem. The soviets struggled to deal with each case, and therefore took dealt with each scenario individually.
The Hungarian revolt of 1956 happened due to the Hungarians population being fed up of a communist regime and many heard that Poland was gaining more freedom therefore they wanted this as well. Not only this but the government used brutal oppression and had the secret police to implement their policies. After a week of protests the government fled and was replaced by Nagy whom promised radical changes but when he announced that Hungary was going to leave the Warsaw pact the soviets reacted. The red army was sent across the borders and thought against Nagy’s supporters however they were defeated and Nagy was hanged. This provided a threat to soviet control as if one state was seen to be separating from the Warsaw pact and therefore seemingly becoming independent of soviet influence then this may have caused a revolution amongst Eastern Europe. This would leave the soviets completely isolated and obviously would not have gained much support from the people in Russia. However one positive from the revolts is that the west refused to interfere when asked by Nagy therefore this would make Eastern countries question uprisings. Obviously this was a major problem for the USSR however the East German problem was a far greater threat.
The Czechoslovakian revolt was the lowest threat for the USSR at the time. The Czechs wanted more freedom from soviet control and felt that communism hadn’t taken the country forward. As a result protests began to occur within the country to try and cause the government to make...
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