Category: Fifth Research Digest

The Hungarian Revolution of 1956 – International and Domestic Implications of de-Stalinization; By Andrew Grant

IntroductionIn 1953, Stalin, the undisputed dictator of the Soviet Union, who had been in power since 1925, perished. The Soviet Union, and the entire Warsaw Bloc, experienced many changes in the aftermath of his passing. This article will attempt to explore many of these changes, discussing the changes in Soviet and Eastern European Society, will …

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A New Leader: The Death of Stalin

For almost thirty years, the Soviet Union had known only one leader, the seemingly all-knowing and all-powerful Joseph Stalin. Stalin had consolidated his power firmly in the late 1920s and from then on ruled all of the Soviet Union, using purges and the secret police, the NKVD, to keep the Soviet people in line. However, […]

Semyorka (R-7) USSR and the Space Race with the USA

Stalin, in the early 1950s, press the USSR heavy industries along with the Soviet Military, to develop a rocket program that ultimately would lead to the Russian ICBM or Semyorka, also called the R-7. The first successful flight occurred on 21 August 1957. The “chief designer”, whose identity remained a state secret until 1966, was […]

The Death of Stalin: Who is next to become the “Red Tsar”?

On the night of March 1st, 1953, Joseph Vissarionovich Stalin, General Secretary of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union and the leader of the Soviet Union, collapsed from a stroke. He would later meet his demise four days later despite the frantic efforts of Moscow doctors to revive him, even though he probably would …

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