Cover Osteuropa 12/2011

In Osteuropa 12/2011

Views of a Divided Country
The Hungarian Nation and Its History

Joachim von Puttkamer

Deutsche Fassung


Feudal law in Hungary emerged from compromises that bridged the country’s politi-cal and confessional divisions. With the transition to a linguistically defined nation, the ability to compromise diminished in the 19th century. The preamble of Hungary’s new constitution combines suppression of the communist dictatorship with an authoritarian definition of a national conservative view of history that invokes the unity of the Hungarian nation at home and abroad.

(Osteuropa 12/2011, pp. 9–30)