Cover Osteuropa 12/2011

In Osteuropa 12/2011

The Subjects
National Identity and Historical Consciousness

Antal Örkény

Deutsche Fassung


A country’s image of nationhood, its concept of history, and political socialization are inextricably linked with one another. For the larger part of the population, the collapse of communism in Hungary made no attractive offers for identification. In this respect, Hungarian identity is marked by a stubborn traditionalism: it consists of ethno-centrism, a fixation on the state, a sense of cultural superiority, and intolerance towards minorities and foreigners. This is the identity of the subject.

(Osteuropa 12/2011, pp. 249–254)