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The Hungarian Revolution of 1956 at Sixty Years, Liberal Reform, and the Search for a Useable Past

Benziger, Karl P. (2016) The Hungarian Revolution of 1956 at Sixty Years, Liberal Reform, and the Search for a Useable Past. Corvinus Journal of International Affairs, 1 (3). pp. 68-77. DOI https://doi.org/10.14267/cojourn.2016v1n3a6

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Abstract

The story of the 1956 Hungarian Revolution at sixty years remains contested. The current center-right government led by Prime Minister Viktor Orbán at once embraces the Revolution and yet at the same time trumpets the failure of the liberal states of the West. Hungarians are encouraged to view the authoritarian politics of Vladmir Putin as a successful model worthy of emulation. In this light the liberal state envisioned by many of the revolutionaries, let alone the liberal state expected by the European Union stands in contrast with one of the principal tenets of the ruling FIDESz/Christian Democrat (KDNP) coalition. At the same time, the current yearning for an illiberal state accords with a strand of desire more akin to those who supported Cardinal Mindszenty during the Revolution and by extension his sympathy for the authoritarian regime of Miklós Horthy.

Item Type:Article
Uncontrolled Keywords:history, memory, politics, Hungary
Subjects:Political science
History
DOI:https://doi.org/10.14267/cojourn.2016v1n3a6
ID Code:2551
Deposited By: Ádám Hoffmann
Deposited On:14 Dec 2016 11:33
Last Modified:23 Jan 2018 08:27

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