(In communist countries) the policy of eradicating the memory or influence of Joseph Stalin and Stalinism, especially after 1956.
- But his policy of de-Stalinization backfired.
- The 20th Soviet Communist Party Congress in 1956, and the process of de-Stalinization ultimately resulted in some liberalization of ideological control.
- But only a political biography could illuminate the personal, human dimension of Khrushchev's decision to follow the risky path of de-Stalinization.
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