Portland State University. Department of History
Date of Award
Master of Arts (M.A.) in History
1 online resource (270 p.)
Soviet Union -- Politics and government -- 1945-1991, Soviet Union -- Relations -- Eastern Europe, Eastern Europe -- Relations -- Soviet Union
This thesis is a general examination of the Soviet and East European crisis which followed the death of Joseph Stalin in March, 1953. Stalin's character, position, and power were such that the methods he employed in the government of the vast multi-national and multi-state empire bequeathed to his successors could not be made to function in his absence without reform and redefinition. The post-Stalin leadership realized that in order to consolidate its position at the head of the empire a careful program of "de-Stalinization" was mandatory. The prosecution of that program from the announcement of collective leadership in April, 1953, to the 1957 Moscow celebration of the fortieth anniversary of the Bolshevik Revolution and the upheavals associated ·with the period comprise the four year long Soviet and East European crisis of de-Stalinization.
Wilson, James Seymour, "In their hearts forever : the dynamics of Stalinism" (1977). Dissertations and Theses. Paper 2870.