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International Conference “Communist Parties in the Soviet Bloc in 1956–1968. From destalinization to economic reforms”, Bratislava – 28–29 September 2021

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Organisers: Nation´s Memory Institute (Slovakia); Institute of National Remembrance (Poland); Committee of National Remembrance (Hungary); Institute for the Study of Totalitarian Regimes (Czech Republic)

General Support: European Network Remembrance and Solidarity

The aim of the international scientific conference The Communist Parties in the Soviet Bloc 1956–1968. From destalinization to economic reforms is to analyse the activities and development of individual communist parties in the former Soviet bloc since the XX. Congress of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union (CPSU) in 1956 until the violent suppression of the reform process in Czechoslovakia in August 1968.

The event will focus on the following topics:

  • XX and XXII Congress of the CPSU and the issue of destalinization of the Soviet bloc;
  • The specifics of destalinization in the countries of the Soviet bloc and their influence on the internal development of the communist parties – dogmatism vs. reformism;
  • Cooperation of the Communist Parties after the official termination of the activities of Kominforma, respectively Informbyro;
  • Reaction of the Communist Party to the Hungarian Revolution of 1956; 
  • Communist parties and crises of the 1960s – Berlin and Cuba
  • Power Changes in the USSR (1964) and impact of the Brezhnev's doctrine on development in the communist parties
  • Communist parties and the resolution of the economic crises of 1960s.


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