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1956: The World in Revolt

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1956: The World in Revolt

<p>In 1956 several events shook the post World War II world. Khrushchev denounced the “crimes” of Stalin in a secret speech, the Suez Crisis revealed the ineptitude of Britain and France in decline,

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In 1956 several events shook the post World War II world. Khrushchev denounced the “crimes” of Stalin in a secret speech, the Suez Crisis revealed the ineptitude of Britain and France in decline, the USSR sent its tanks into Hungary, while Algeria, Vietnam, Cyprus and Cuba were pushing back against the pre war western imperialism. The music of Elvis Presley was starting to gain attention in the southern states of the USA, and civil rights and social justice advocates were gaining traction in the USA, Australia, Britain and France. Against this backdrop the Melbourne Olympics offered a welcome respite from the volatile political atmosphere.


SUGGESTED READING

  • Simon Hall, 1956: The World in Revolt, Faber and Faber, 2016


COURSE OUTLINE

  • Britain and France, political issues ten years after the end of World War II
  • USSR and the impact of the death of Stalin in 1953
  • USA and the main political and social trends in 1956 including rampant anti Communism
  • Decolonialisation in South East Asia, Algeria and Cuba in the aftermath of World War II


PLANNED LEARNING OUTCOMES
By the end of this course, students should be able to:

  1. Survey the main political disturbances and trouble spots in world politics in 1956
  2. Survey the main social trends in popular culture around the world in 1956
  3. Evaluate the importance of the social justice reform movements which were in their infancy in 1956