The Student Body of the College of Physical Education 1925–1948 Cover Image

A Testnevelési Főiskola hallgatói, 1925–1948
The Student Body of the College of Physical Education 1925–1948

Author(s): Péter Szegedi, Csaba Sasfi
Subject(s): History
Published by: KORALL Társadalomtörténeti Egyesület

Summary/Abstract: The study examines the social composition of the student body at a unique institution of higher education, the College of Physical Education, Budapest, based on college registers from its foundation to the time of solidifying the one-party system in Hungary. The basic figures reveal a slightly higher number of men than women, and suggest that nearly half of the student body came from urban backgrounds, more than twenty-five percent from the capital, while another twenty-five percent came from rural communities. The religious composition more or less reflects the proportions of contemporary society, although Jews were significantly underrepresented. The analysis shows the presence of a female group from the Budapest elite in the early years, which shrank during the years of economic depression and the post-war coalition period. Parallel to this process, other groups are shown to have gathered ground in this period, such as those of the so-called petit intelligentsia (officers, teachers) and economically independent men with children.

  • Issue Year: 2012
  • Issue No: 50
  • Page Range: 107-137
  • Page Count: 31
  • Language: Hungarian