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the hungarian soviet republic

Gergely Bödők



The Hungarian Soviet Republic, established on 21 March, 1919, imported Russian Bolshevik-type political structure, state leadership and power practice to Hungary, and hence is viewed as one of  the most radical political turns in modern Hungarian history.

The new system did not only break from previously established structures, but introduced radical changes in everyday life and shattered the social and economic fabric of the society as well.

The historiographical treatment of the Hungarian Soviet Republic has been varied, nuanced, but even today it evokes often radically different professional opinions and assessments. Many original works notwithstanding, it has been forty years since the last comprehensive book was written on the subject. We believe that a systematic research agenda may clarify or enhance our understanding of these tumultuous 133 days.

We lay special emphasis on the emergence and fall of the Hungarian Soviet Republic,  its domestic and foreign policy, the implementation of the program of the dictatorship of the proletariat and its social aspirations, church policy and propaganda, the Red Army’s northern campaign and we seek to investigate the changes of the historical memory of this era.

We are intent on producing original contributions to the subject with a view to the forthcoming 100th year anniversary of the Hungarian Soviet Republic.

Olivér Perczel

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