Hungary: The Limits of Liberalization

Through an assiduous campaign of relative liberalization, Hungarian Communist Boss Janos Kadar hoped to erase the image of a Moscow toady that attached to him after Russia's brutal repression of the 1956 Hungarian revolt. He largely succeeded. In addition to other forms of relaxation, including somewhat freer speech and more permissive economic planning, Kadar seemed inclined to ease up on the church. After 18 months of complex and arduous negotiations with the Vatican, he recently agreed to replenish Hungary's dwindling supply of Roman Catholic priests and permit freer practice of religion. But...

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