The Consequences of the Habsburg Rule in Transylvania in the Mirror of the Contemporary Memoirs Cover Image

A Hasburg-uralom erdélyi következményei a korabeli magyar emlékirodalom láttatásában
The Consequences of the Habsburg Rule in Transylvania in the Mirror of the Contemporary Memoirs

The Changes Occurred in the Political Life and in the Institutional Structure

Author(s): Gyöngy Kovács Kiss
Subject(s): Hungarian Literature, 18th Century, 19th Century
Published by: Erdélyi Múzeum-Egyesület
Keywords: Hungarian memoir-literature; Habsburg rule in Transylvania; institutional system of Transylvania; political life;

Summary/Abstract: The presentation of the consequences referring to the political and institutional system of the Habsburg rule by Hungarian memoire writers of the same period happens in different shapes and depending on the scale of the consolidation of the ruling. At the same time, we may observe that these changes concerned mainly those memoire writers who are directly involved (are subjects or, at least, witnesses) of these changes. It is quite occurring that the presentation of the political consequences of the Habsburg rule in the initial period of the integration is more emphasised. During the years and the expansion of the Austrian rule, when the position of Transylvania (and within that of the upper classes) seems to lack any alternative, the memories tend to deal with the implementation of these political aims, their influence on the society, as well as the administrative, financial and legal reforms. These topics are treated only if and when they represent a certain change within the traditional structures and organization. In the memoires the allusions, references or concrete descriptions concerning the political reflections of the Habsburg installation as well as the administrative changes it produced were interpreted by the writers merely as „secondary information”, as the direct purpose of the writers is not to analyse or follow up the existing policy or the organizational measures. The memoire writers enumerate facts and events selected from their own as well as the social life.

  • Issue Year: LXIX/2007
  • Issue No: 3-4
  • Page Range: 196-209
  • Page Count: 14
  • Language: Hungarian