Hungarian Studies

Fulbright Scholar Course (Prof. Szönyi)

EURS 511 and HIST 410. "From the Austro-Hungarian Monarchy to the Velvet Revolutions (1848-1989)"
Tuesdays and Thursdays at 11:00 a.m. to 12:20 p.m. in 4050 Wescoe Hall.

The course aims at introducing and guiding international students some of the historical roots of the dramatic changes of 1989. Although the focus of investigation will be the case of Hungary, it is going to be discussed in an East-Central European context (including Austria and the German territories, Poland, Czechoslovakia, Rumania, Yugoslavia and Bulgaria). The survey of the historical background starts with 1848, touches upon the flowering and the dissolution of the Austro-Hungarian Monarchy, the two world wars and the rise and fall of communism. The course is not simply a historical survey, it also tries to reflect on human mentalities and ideologies with a special emphasis on the unique cultural climate of the Austro-Hungarian Monarchy and the successor states.

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