Lying on the political fault line between East and West for the past seventy-five years, the significance of Hungary in geopolitical terms has far outweighed the modest size of its population. This book charts the main events of these tumultuous decades including the 1956 Uprising, the end of Hungarian communism, entry into the European Union and the rise to power of Viktor Orbán and the national-conservative ruling party Fidesz.

chapter |14 pages


chapter 2|28 pages

The Hungarian state

Caesuras and continuity

chapter 3|23 pages

Foreign policy

From World War II to the European Union

chapter 4|32 pages

From capitalism to the planned economy and back again

Economy and social policy

chapter 5|22 pages

Social structures and mobility

chapter 6|19 pages

Lifestyles in transition

chapter 8|17 pages

Churches and religion

chapter 9|15 pages

Hungarian politics since 1989