You just activated my trap card.
(I am a 56 specialist from the "Humanitarian socialist" perspective).
The federal housing programs started by Winant grew to become a sweeping urban revitalization and suburban expansion program with the Housing Act of 1953
So ban-lews all over the place. Named of course after the bowdlerisation of a Mississippi phrase for the imposing towers.
and amidst the power struggle the ever-popular Red Army Marshal Georgy Zhukov emerged as the undisputed leader of the Soviet Union.
Well. Georgy Zhukov emerged as the delegate in chief of the Political Committee. Delegated with the full knowledge that he was executable by any of the three major factions. Unlike Stalin, Zhukov never managed to pre-organise the line that would be found to be correct in committee, as, being a military man, any attempt to "massage" lower party institutions was viciously resisted as Bonapartism. Zhukov held himself above the fray of party fractionalism and instead represented the majority position of the central committee honestly and in summary. His only commentary occurred early in meetings (as demonstrated by minutes) and only to comment specifically and particularly on negative possibilities of military grand strategy, strategy and operations suggested by non-military specialists. These interventions were uniquely proved to be correct when the Political Committee voted in a manner that implemented the hostile situations Zhukov presupposed. To this end Zhukov has been seen post-archivally*1 as the model of the Leninist Servant of Party Mindedness: the leader as the highest servant of the movement.
Zhukov sent an offer to Winant: simply put, he would happily reunify Germany so long as the new Germany was “the China of the west.” It would be independent, a buffer between the Soviet and NATO spheres of influence.
Poor westerners. Poor poor westerners. I expect that Zhukov here has been pushed by hards and subtle workerists around the issue of expanding socialisation.
After several meetings, Eisenhower returned with reportedly just two words: “he’s serious.” After a few months of wrangling British and French buy-in, the German and Austrian State Treaty was signed in Berlin, reunifying the occupation zones and soon electing the pre-existing SPD government of Kurt Schumacher as the first postwar all-German Chancellor.
the pre-existing SPD government of Kurt Schumacher, an effective "fusion" party, much like the "workers parties" of Hungary, Poland, Yugoslavia, Romania, Bulgaria, Greece, etc. The fact that this party is called Social Democratic rather than Workers is telling only that the conflict is continuing. Not that the conflict isn't continuing in the Soviet party………
The Chinese coalition government created as WWII ended had always been shaky. Chiang Kai-Shek had served as president and Mao Zedong as premier since 1945, allowing the republic to sustain itself under a national unity government. On the tenth anniversary of the Double Tenth Agreement that formed the coalition in the first place, Chiang announced that he would contest the presidential election that year, undermining his pledge to two terms and no more. Mao, already mostly seeing cohabitation as a chance to rebuild, planned to immediately withdraw from the national unity government and resume hostilities.
Well, yes. Inopportune ultraleftism is pretty much a hallmark of Mao Zedong. More so in that Korea's situation is complexly negotiated.
Mao’s deputy Zhou Enlai quickly outmaneuvered more Soviet-style revolutionaries and became chairman of the CCP and premier accordingly. Upon being sworn in, he immediately sent an order to not fire and went to Nanking to quell a revolution. With no stage to speak from, he simply claimed a tank from befuddled soldiers who thankfully recognized their superior when they saw one and stood atop it, from which he spoke of Mao’s revolution. The speech, later known simply as Zhou’s Eulogy of Mao Zedong, was truly pivotal in stopping a resumption of the civil war as Zhou encouraged the communists and soldiers alike to lay down their arms. Ironically using the foremost revolutionary in the republic to justify democracy, he called for peace and mutual respect for the pact of democracy.
Ah yes, Zhou Enlai the Togliatti of the East, a loyalist workerist and competent administrator who kept the guns…buried…but who kept the guns…buried. What happened to Toggs here…eww.
I guess nobody even knows who Nagy Imre is, given that Poland and Hungary have been allowed Humanism, given that Germany is "safe."
And the whole Togliatti thing.
In 1958, these fears came true, and Maurice Thorez was sworn in as Prime Minister, announcing his intent to negotiate in Algeria and pursue decolonization. This was unconscionable to many fighting in Algeria, and soon a plot began to form. The OAS soon selected General Raoul Salan, the decorated commander of French forces in Algeria, as its leader and collected its troops to march on Paris. The March 27 coup saw Thorez and the PCF government detained. Addressing the nation, Salan announced his intention to defeat the communists and revise the constitution to stop the partisanship that had burdened the Third and Fourth Republics. There would be no surrender on the OAS’ watch.
Oh no. I guess the Indochinese Party Communist will be supplying aid.
I guess what I'm saying is that the "eastern" hypothesis here about humanist socialism triumphing in a situation where fear of the West is not manifest is quite adequate: that socialist humanism will be tolerated despite its ultraleft workplace deviation because the military threat is lessened.
(Actually read like an AH by someone deeply interested in European party life east, west and central rather than an american electoralist timeline. Except for the beautiful concrete towers where everyone manages to live will together. That's just fantasy. Eight story fantasies of concentrated poverty.)
*1 Please note I am not predisposing anything *other than archival access*. Which could include digital blow outs.