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Liberal Professions and Illiberal Politics: Hungary from the Habsburgs to the Holocaust
     

Liberal Professions and Illiberal Politics: Hungary from the Habsburgs to the Holocaust

by Maria M. Kovacs
 

In this important new historical study, Mária Kovács examines the struggle between liberal and anti-Semitic policies among professional groups—doctors, lawyers, engineers—in Hungary. Kovács's main emphasis is on the interwar period when unemployment, expansion of the welfare system, and competition for state jobs during the Great

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In this important new historical study, Mária Kovács examines the struggle between liberal and anti-Semitic policies among professional groups—doctors, lawyers, engineers—in Hungary. Kovács's main emphasis is on the interwar period when unemployment, expansion of the welfare system, and competition for state jobs during the Great Depression, combined with crass anti-Semitism on the part of engineers and medical associations, radically altered previously liberal policies of open entry and equal educational opportunity. Liberal Professions and Illiberal Politics analyzes to what extent these new policies were dictated by authoritarian governments from above and to what extent they originated within the professions themselves. The story ends with the Holocaust, which sealed the fate of those professionals who had become victims of persecution under the German occupation of Hungary.

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"This book helps us to understand, more than most other studies, the reasons behind the current resurrection of East European xenophobia, nationalism, and anti-semitism."—Istváv Deák, Institute on East Central Europe, Columbia University

"...impressive and convincing new study."—Austrian History Yearbook

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ISBN-13:
9780195085976
Publisher:
Oxford University Press, USA
Publication date:
06/28/1997
Series:
Woodrow Wilson Press CO-Publication Series
Pages:
192
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 8.62(h) x 0.82(d)
Lexile:
1520L (what's this?)

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