“Time Zone”: On Some Areal Aspect of the Hungarian Transition Cover Image

„Zónaidő”. A magyarországi átmenet néhány areális összefüggése
“Time Zone”: On Some Areal Aspect of the Hungarian Transition

Author(s): Csaba Kiss Gy.
Subject(s): Post-Communist Transformation
Published by: Korunk Baráti Társaság
Keywords: Central and Eastern Europe; Hungary; regime change; 1989-1990; relations; parallels; differences; historical background

Summary/Abstract: The title is borrowed from the 1995 volume of the poet Gáspár Nagy. Addressing his “writer kinsfolk”, the poems, essays and other texts of this book emphasize our common fate. The similar function of culture and literature was essential in the context of intellectual resistance. The zone is none other than Central and Eastern Europe, the region between the Baltic, the Adriatic and the Black Sea, while the time is that of political transformation: 1988-1989. The essay reflects on the Hungarian transition from a comparative perspective, with a view to the relationships, parallels and differences. The events in Poland had the greatest impact on Hungary. From the year 1988, almost like in 1956, the Polish and Hungarian events mutually supported each other. Another important aspect consists in the situation of the trans-border Hungarians (especially in Romania).

  • Issue Year: 2019
  • Issue No: 12
  • Page Range: 28-37
  • Page Count: 10
  • Language: Hungarian