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Revolution (Again) in Hungary

Revolution (Again) in Hungary

From revolution to revolution, I have watched Hungary evolve over the past half-century. The more dramatic of the two revolutions took place in the autumn of 1956 when a beaten, starved and humiliated subject people of fewer than 10 million souls managed to stare down the brutal might of the Soviet Union. The more triumphant […]

Book Review: Hungary: Between Democracy and Authoritarianism, by Paul Lendvai

Orbán Über Alles: Hungary at a Dead End “All this amounts to the re-establishment of authoritarian rule under a paper-thin veneer of democracy in the heart of Europe.” – Paul Krugman Viktor Orbán and his Fidesz party won a landslide victory in the parliamentary elections in April 2010. There can be no doubt that Orbán’s successful “revolution […]

Book Review: Paul Lendvai’s Mein Verspieltes Land

Hungary: Clash on the Right No Central or Eastern European state has properly dealt with its history. In spite of the early promise of reform in the region, political analysts today chronicle a state of widespread denial, observing it in all countries that have undergone the sudden paradigm shift from a dictatorial to a democratic […]

Book Review: Inside Austria, by Paul Lendvai

A Critical Love of Austria On February 4, 1957 a plane from Prague landed at Vienna International Airport. On board was humble-looking 27-year-old Paul Lendvai, struggling with his broken German. He was one of some 200,000 Hungarian refugees who fled to Austria after the Soviet attack against Imre Nagy’s government during 1956-1957. After being interned […]

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