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U320/U520  Religion, State and Society in Hungary between 1945-1990
Pál Hatos

This course offers an overview of the changes of religiosity of the Hungarian society in the context of a declared anti-religious socialist régime.  After a summary presentation of the main denominations in the postwar Hungary, we will discuss the questions of the radical secularization in 1948, the suppression of religious freedom in the 1950s and 1960s, the role of the churches in the 1956 revolution, the process of forced secularization, the impact of the anti-religious propaganda and the survival strategies of the different religious communities.  Within the frame of a comparative survey of the religious situation in both Western and Eastern Europe we will analyze the characteristics of Hungary in the 1970s and 1980s.

Exams: there will be a midterm and final examination.

Papers: Graduates will be required to write a short essay of 5-8 pages on a topic chosen in consultation with the instructor

Days and Time:  Tuesday and Thursday 2:30-3:45.