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Hungarian Statesmen, 19th-20th Century
Catalog Number CEUS-U 320/520
Laszlo Borhi

Course will examine the life and times of important Hungarians from the age of reform of the first part of the eighteen hundreds through the heyday of the Austro-Hungarian Monarchy and the Horthy period between the two world wars to Hungary’s national socialist and communist minded dictators of the second half of the last century. We shall discuss the impact on Hungary of figures of immense stature such as Lajos Kossuth and Istvan Szechenyi, controversial personalities such as Istvan Bethlen and Pal Teleki, as well as the rabidly anti-Semitic arrow cross leader Ferenc Szalasi and the Muscovite Bolshevik, Matyas Rakosi. This will enable us to probe deeply into 150 years of Hungarian history, revolutions, years of economic and cultural flourish, as well as war and turmoil. Their human qualities reflect a continual decline, as the mirror image of the fate of the Hungarian nation. Was this a mere coincidence? What is the relationship between historical figures and the age in which they live? This is a question this course will seek to address.