Andropov's Hungarian Complex

  title={Andropov's Hungarian Complex},
  author={Timothy Andrews Sayle},
  journal={Cold War History},
  pages={427 - 439}
  • T. Sayle
  • Published 1 August 2009
  • Economics
  • Cold War History
Despite his prominent positions in the Soviet Union's hierarchy, the history of Yuri Andropov's crisis decision-making is patchy. Several historians claim Andropov's response to crises was influenced by his experience in 1956 Budapest. Some attribute to him a ‘Hungarian Complex’ – a conviction that only armed force could save states at risk from internal dissent. This paper examines the legend by assessing Andropov's advice during crises in Czechoslovakia (1968), Afghanistan (1979) and Poland… 
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