Dealing With Dictators: The United States, Hungary, And East Central Europe, 1942-1989

Hardcover | June 27, 2016

byLászló Borhi

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Dealing with Dictators explores America's Cold War efforts to make the dictatorships of Eastern Europe less tyrannical and more responsive to the country's international interests. During this period, US policies were a mix of economic and psychological warfare, subversion, cultural and economic penetration, and coercive diplomacy. Through careful examination of American and Hungarian sources, László Borhi assesses why some policies toward Hungary achieved their goals while others were not successful. When George H. W. Bush exclaimed to Mikhail Gorbachev on the day the Soviet Union collapsed, "Together we liberated Eastern Europe and unified Germany," he was hardly doing justice to the complicated history of the era. The story of the process by which the transition from Soviet satellite to independent state occurred in Hungary sheds light on the dynamics of systemic change in international politics at the end of the Cold War.

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Dealing with Dictators explores America's Cold War efforts to make the dictatorships of Eastern Europe less tyrannical and more responsive to the country's international interests. During this period, US policies were a mix of economic and psychological warfare, subversion, cultural and economic penetration, and coercive diplomacy. Thr...

László Borhi is Peter A. Kadas Associate Chair and Professor of Central European History at Indiana University and Scientific Counsellor of the Institute of History Center for Humanities of the Hungarian Academy. He is the author of Hungary in the Cold War, 1945-1956: Between the United States and the Soviet Union (2004) and theco-auth...

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:562 pages, 9 × 6 × 0.98 inPublished:June 27, 2016Publisher:Indiana University PressLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

Introduction
1. Peace Overtures, the Allies, and the Holocaust, 1942-1945
2. Cuius Regio, Eius Religio: The United States and the Soviet Seizure of Power
3. Rollback
4. 1956: Self-Liberation
5. Reprisals and Bridge-Building
6. The Dilemmas of External Transformation
7. "The Status Quo is Not So Bad": Détente
8. Nixon, Carter, and the Kádár Regime
9. "Love Towards Kádár": Reagan and the Myth of Liberation
10. 1989: "Together We Liberated Eastern Europe"
Conclusion
Bibliography
Index

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"There are rare books that define an era. Borhi's Dealing with Dictators is second to none in helping us comprehend the difficult ups and downs of the U.S. - Hungarian bilateral relationship within the larger context of Cold War Central Europe. When it comes to the origins of the Cold War, Borhi is relentlessly anti-revisionist - it was the Soviets who built an empire in Eastern Europe to ruthlessly exploit the satellite economies. Dealing with Dictators concludes with an exhaustive chapter on Hungary's crucial role in ending the Cold War. This is international history writing at its best" -Gunter Bischof, Marshall Plan Professor of History, University of New Orleans