History | Socialism in Hungary--State, Society and Everyday Life 1945-1990
T500 | 26679 | Fulemile


Above class open to graduates only
Above class meets with CEUS-U520

The course is discussing Hungary’s social and cultural history after
World War II up until the end of 20th century. Topics include: post
second world war years, the communist takeover, ideology  in the
period of Stalinism, party nomenclature,  police forces, conflicts,
the annihilation of the nobility and the middle class, peasant
policy of 1950-s, labor camps for political prisoners, economic
planning, industrialization and urbanization, socialist realism in
art, the 1956 revolution, collectivization, women in the workforce,
disintegration of folk culture, living standard, socialist
consumerism, fashion and media in the 1960-s, education, sport,
health-care, communist youth movement, the New Economic Mechanism,
minority issues, the “Roma question”, urban-rural, national-
international dichotomies, the role of artists and intellectuals,
the rise of market-economy, “gulyás-communism” or life in
the “happiest barrack”, youth and alternative cultures, mass-
demonstrations, “political rituals”, the Fall of the Iron Curtain,
trends of recent social changes in the post-communist period.

The fall of Communist regimes has been evoking special attention and
increased scholarly studies in the fields of East Central European
regional studies. Scholars of political science, history, economics,
sociology and anthropology have started to study the transition
process and the preceding decades. Up until closed archival stocks
have been opened for researchers and for the public and taboo topics
have been started to be highlighted and discussed from the beginning
of 1990s.

The course would like to help scholarly understanding of what
socialism did really mean for the people in their everyday life with
an interdisciplinary approach using data, methods and interpretation
from history and various social sciences. We will work with primary
and secondary sources, web-pages, visual material, and selection of
articles from various authors.

Assessment:
5-6 pp paper with a PowerPoint presentation in class		15%
10 ‑ l2 pp term paper for graduates, 7-8 pp for undergraduates	40%
In-class final paper (test, essay)          			30%
Seminar work: 							15%.
(class activity, reading reports, work with web sources)