But his successor, Nikita Khrushchev, denounced his predecessor and initiated a de-Stalinisation
process throughout Soviet society.
At the time, however, it had a very different impact, sending positive reverberations across the Communist world, which, following de-Stalinisation
, had increasingly begun to look at China rather than the USSR, as the epicentre of their movement.
Dudoignon, in his work on "From Revival to Mutation: The Religious Personnel of Islam in Tajikistan from De-Stalinisation
to Independence (1953-1991)" focuses on Islam's presence in social and political spheres--which was kept up by religious revivalist movements and which not only resulted in the building of networks of relationship but also ignited competition between religious scholars in post-Stalinist Tajikistan.
They were all hoping that following de-Stalinisation
, socialism with a human face would emerge.
As it is, the party had been rocked by previous upheavals in the Communist world, notably by Nikita Khrushchev's de-Stalinisation
speech in 1956 and by the Sino-Soviet rupture at about the same time, which was behind the splits in the Indian Communist parties as well.
2) See Cynthia Hooper, "What Can and Cannot Be Said: Between the Stalinist Past and New Soviet Future," Slavonic and East European Review 86, 2 (2008): 306-27; Polly Jones, "Introduction: The Dilemmas of De-Stalinisation
," in The Dilemmas of De-Stalinisation
: Negotiating Cultural and Social Change in the Khrushchev Era, ed.