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Main Political Figures in Hungary: Debates and New Approaches
CEUS-R 349/549
Balazs Ablonczy

Course objectives

Suicides, Martyrs, Heroes or Criminals? Who were these politicians?  
How did they change, how did they remain the same in a turbulent Central Europe? 
 
This course offers an overview of some prominent Hungarian politician’s life and work in the XXth century. Left-wing, right-wing, conservatives, liberals, communists, moderates or extremists: Miklós Horthy, Pál Teleki, István Bethlen, István Tisza, János Kádár or Oszkár Jászi played an important role in the country’s history. In a historical moment or in all their life, they influenced people’s ideas, political orientations and manner of living. Their work and their legacy are source of disputes and public debates even now. Through some biographies, written or translated in English, and some other works (speeches, their own writings) we will try to analyze their positions and their principles in some debates of the contemporary Hungarian history.