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Hungarian Borderlands

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Migrations and border issues are now matters of great interest and importance. This book examines the ways in which Hungary has adapted to regional and global requirements while seeking to meet its own needs. It adds to the literature a case study, the only one of its kind, showing the evolution of a single set of borders over a century in response to a wide range of internal and external forces in a regional and global context. The narrative illuminates the complexities, opportunities, and problems that face a ...
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Overview

Migrations and border issues are now matters of great interest and importance. This book examines the ways in which Hungary has adapted to regional and global requirements while seeking to meet its own needs. It adds to the literature a case study, the only one of its kind, showing the evolution of a single set of borders over a century in response to a wide range of internal and external forces in a regional and global context. The narrative illuminates the complexities, opportunities, and problems that face a small state that finds itself often on the edge. Twentieth century Europe's borders have repeatedly been dismantled, moved, and refashioned. Hungary, even more than Germany, exemplifies border decomposition, re-creation, destruction, "Sovietization," and resurrection in a new Central Europe. Facing one way, then the other, its past includes a conflicting self image as a bastion of the west and as a bridge between east and west, as well as a long and unwilling period as a defender of the east.
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"The volume provides an excellent combination of traditional history, local stories, and personal experience....Frank N. Schubert's book is an interesting and illuminating read for both specialists and general readers." - Istvan Vida, Assistant Professor of History, University of Debrecen, Hungary
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781441114938
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury Academic
  • Publication date: 10/20/2011
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 272
  • Product dimensions: 6.30 (w) x 9.30 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Meet the Author


Frank N. Schubert worked as a historian in the U.S. Department of Defense from 1977 to his retirement in 2003, and was a Fulbright lecturer at a Babes-Bolyai University in Cluj, Romania.
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Table of Contents

Preface \ I.  State of Flux, 1914-1945 \ 1.  The incredible lightness of borders \ 2.  The aftermath of defeat \ 3.  Expansion and Contraction \ II.  Bordering on Insanity, 1945-1989 \ 4.  Before the Iron curtain \ 5.  The Stalin Era \ 6.  From Minefields to Electric Fences \ 7.  The Collapse of the Iron Curtain \ III.  Reversal \ 8.  The emergence of a new Europe \ 9.  From one edge to another \ 10.  Inside Schengenland \ 11.  Beyond Schengenland \ 12.  Hungary and Arizona \ Conclusion \ Glossary \ Terms and Phrases \ Place Names \ Endnotes \ Bibliography

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