Hungary : Political summaries on Hungary (FO371-106260).

  • Abingdon, England : Taylor and Francis, 2017.
  • London : Foreign Office, 1953.
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  • General Correspondence from 1906-1966 (Great Britain. Foreign Office. Political Departments) ; FO371-106260. [More in this series]
  • Cold War Eastern Europe. [More in this series]
  • FO371: Foreign Office: Political Departments: General Correspondence from 1906-1966 ; FO371-106260
Data source
  • Cold War Eastern Europe, 1947-1982
  • Cold War Eastern Europe, 1953-1960: Module 1
  • History Commons
Summary note
A file containing fortnightly political reports from the British mission in Budapest for 1953. The reports include covering summaries and details of internal and external affairs, and usually end with a short anecdote about life in Hungary. Internal events covered include political developments, including changes in the Government -- purges -- show-trials -- floods impacting on agriculture -- and collectivisation. Internal summaries also discuss living standards -- religion -- the voting age -- incentives to have more children, including higher taxes for childless adults and punishment for abortions -- and the halting of publication of laws, or of sharing laws to lawyers, which resulted in an increasingly arbitrary justice system. External issues covered include relations with the West and with other countries -- the Moscow doctors' plot -- and border incidents with Yugoslavia. The reports note changes in internal and external priorities after Stalin's death, noting the easing of purges and the release of people arrested after the Doctors' plot.
  • File date: 1953.
  • Date document(s) were released to the public domain: 1983.
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