Journalists and policy-makers in the West have often assumed that the religious and ethno-national heterogeneity of the Balkans is the underlying reason for the numerous problems the area has faced throughout the twentieth century. The multiple and turbulent political transitions in the area, the dynamics of the interaction between Christianity and Islam, the contradictory and constantly shifting nationality policies, and the fluctuating identities of the diverse populations continue to be seen as major challenges to the stability of the region.
Given a society’s commitment to certain political ideals such as tolerance and equal respect, how can all its members and groups best live together and share a common physical space?
Written by Yehuda Elkana, former President and Rector of Central European University, and Hannes Klopper, CEO and co-founder of iversity GmbH, and edited by Marvin Lazerson, professor of Higher Education at Central European University, this book is a collaborative effort between two partners: one experienced and seasoned veteran, the other an energetic young novice.
Dispersed in two continents, four countries and six collections; many of its pages were cropped, cut into four, or lost forever; its history, origin, commissioner and audience are obscure; still, in its fragmented state it presents fifty-eight legends in abundant series of images, on folios fully covered by miniatures, richly gilded, using only one side of the fine parchment; a luxurious codex worthy of a ruler; a unique iconographic treasury of medieval legends; one of the most significant manuscripts of the medieval Hungarian Kingdom – these are all what we call the Hungarian Angevi
The Holocaust in Hungary represented a unique chapter in the singular history of the Final Solution of the “Jewish question” in Europe. In the fifth year of the Second World War Hungary still had a Jewish population of approximately 800,000.
Published as part of CEU Press’ Natalie Zemon Davis Annual Lecture Series, Hybrid Renaissance: Culture, Language, Architecture, by Peter Burke, Professor Emeritus of Cultural History at the University of Cambridge and Life Fellow at Emmanuel College, introduces the idea that the Renaissance in Italy, elsewhere in Europe, and in the world beyond Europe is an example of cultural hybridization.
Having won a two-third majority in Parliament at the 2010 elections, the Hungarian political party Fidesz removed many of the institutional obstacles of exerting power. Just like the party, the state itself was placed under the control of a single individual, who since then has applied the techniques used within his party to enforce submission and obedience onto society as a whole.
A selection of CEU Press titles was exhibited at the 2016 annual conference of the British Association for Slavonic and East European Studies (BASEES), the largest such gathering in Europe. The event, held at the Fitzwilliam and Churchill Colleges in Cambridge, UK, April 2-4, attracted over 400 with papers in politics, history, sociology and geography, film and media, languages and linguistics, literatures and cultures, economics.
Czechoslovak Diplomacy and the Gulag, a recent CEU Press publication, was presented and discussed at the Anglo-American University in Prague on March 24.