Hungarian Yearbook of International Law and European Law


1956 and the US Legation in Budapest

Devoted, Enthusiastic Professionals Compelled to Act without Clear Instructions from Home and without Functioning Communication Devices in the Most Turbulent Historical Times

Keywords 1956, revolution, US Embassy, US Legation, Imre Nagy
Authors Péter Kovács
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Péter Kovács
Péter Kovács: professor of international law, Pázmány Péter Catholic University, Budapest; judge, International Criminal Court, the Hague (2015-2024).
  • Abstract

      It is well known that the academic literature on the 1956 Hungarian Revolution is enormous in Hungary and abroad and the analysis of the policy making within the main state-actors (Hungary, Soviet Union, US, Great Britain, Yugoslavia, etc.) and the UN is also abundant, filling long shelves in the libraries specialized in this field of research. Taking into account the Hungarian Yearbook’s anniversary theme chosen for 2022, as well as the approximative length of the articles as established by the editorial board, I intend to cover the activity of the American Legation in Budapest during the Revolution. The article focuses on the activity of the American Legation and covers policy-making in Washington or in Budapest only to the extent that is strictly necessary to understand the background of the steps taken or omitted.

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