A social history of Europe – reconsidered
A fully revised and updated edition of Béla Tomka’s book titled A social history of Europe in the 20th century has been published. In addition to giving a comprehensive knowledge, the book presents many interesting social problems, including those from the current century. The author pays special attention to the problem of the diversity and unity of European societies, and to international comparisons, including the social development of Hungary.
Béla Tomka's new book
Béla Tomka’s new book, titled Austerities and Aspirations: A Comparative History of Growth, Consumption, and Quality of Life in East Central Europe since 1945 has been published by CEUPress. The monograph compares the broadly interpreted well-being of East-Central European states, and thereby placing the analysis in a wider European context. Beyond the conventional paradigm of economic growth, the author examines the fields of consumption, leisure time and quality of life too. More information is available here.
Handbook on the 20th-century history of Central and Eastern Europe
Béla Tomka, our colleague, has contributed to the first volume of The Routledge History Handbook of Central and Eastern Europe in the Twentieth Century (subtitled “Challenges of Modernity”). The four-volume series is one of the most important international coproductions in this field over the last two decades. For more information see the home page of the publisher.
An article has been published by Béla Tomka in the journal of Regional Statistics. The study aims at correcting some of the myths related to the Trianon Peace Treaty. It is available at http://www.ksh.hu/docs/hun/xftp/terstat/2020/rs100101.pdf
Recent issue of Aetas has been published
The recent issue of Aetas (vol. 34., no. 4.) has been published, edited by Béla Tomka. Studies by, among others, Zsombor Bódy, Márkus Keller, Gergely Romsics and Béla Tomka are included. The topic of this issue, Institutional and Cultural Transfers in 20th-Century Hungary, is connected to the History of Globalization Research Group.
Péter Bencsik's habilitation
Péter Bencsik has successfully completed his habilitation process in Pécs, November 20, 2019. His presentations were the following: Czechoslovakia during the Prague Spring; Cold War(s) among the Eastern European Communist States.
Péter Bencsik's new book has been published
The new book of our collegue, Péter Bencsik, titled Kelet és Nyugat között. Államhatárok, úti okmányok, határátlépés Magyarországon és Csehszlovákiában (1945–1989) [Between East and West. State Borders, Travel Documents, Border Crossing in Hungary and Czechoslovakia from 1945 to 1989] has been published by the Historical Institute of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences.
History of Globalization research group established
In cooperation with the Loránd Eötvös University (Budapest) and with the Hungarian Academy of Sciences, a new research group has been established at our Department, lead by Béla Tomka. The project aims at researching Globalization and territoriality in 20th-century Hungary. For more info, see the home page of the research group.
Retirement of Professor Karsai
After many decades of a successful career, Professor László Karsai retired in the Summer of 2016. The staff of the Department thanks his work and wishes him further success and fruitful research activity also in the future.
Melinda Kalmár joined our Department
From February 1, 2016 the staff of our Department has already four persons. Melinda Kalmár joined us as a Senior Research Fellow. Her profile is teaching and researching the Soviet system and post-1945 Hungary. Her recently published book titled Történelmi galaxisok vonzásában covers the same topic. More information is available on Melinda Kalmár’s personal page.
Routledge Publishing has announced that A Social History of Twentieth-Century Europe by Béla Tomka had been selected for “Choice Outstanding Academic Titles of 2013″ list. Two books received this award out of the Routledge history titles published in the last year.