THE LIMITS AND PROBLEMS OF 'DECOMPRESSION': THE CASE OF HUNGARY,
RAND CORP SANTA MONICA CALIF
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Revolt in Hungary might well have been forestalled by a consistent evolutionary policy or, failing this, by a recrudescence of terror. Moscow, however, chose to steer a middle course between these alternatives. It had an illusory faith in the unlimited efficacy of manipulation from above and underestimated the moral factor. The Hungarian developments have demonstrated the fallibility of Moscows concept of manipulative decompression.