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“Continuities and Discontinuities: The History of Political Thought in Nineteenth-Century Hungary”

Call for journal articles

The Hungarian Historical Review invites submissions for its Spring 2016 issue, the theme of which will be “Continuities and Discontinuities: The History of Political Thought in Nineteenth-Century Hungary.”

The deadline for the submission of abstracts: November 30, 2014.

The Hungarian Historical Review, a peer-reviewed scholarly journal of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences, invites articles for its thematic issue on the history of nineteenth-century Hungarian political thought. The thematic issue will publish original articles and historiographical essays on Hungarian political thought in the late Enlightenment and early nineteenth century (the so-called Reform Age), the period of the Austro-Hungarian Compromise, and the economic and social boom of the Dualist Era. In particular, we welcome comparative essays that explore the development of Hungarian political thought in comparison with similar debates among other political or cultural elites of the Habsburg Empire (e.g. German, Croatian, Czech, Polish, or Romanian). Proposals that address similar developments among other national elites and the imperial center will be also considered.

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The Holocaust in Central and Eastern Europe...

The reorientation of Central and Eastern European historiographies after 1989 coincided with a major wave of research into the history of the Holocaust. Two of the crucial results of these intense efforts have been that the history of the Holocaust is now much more thoroughly embedded in diverse local and national contexts and is understood as a European cataclysm with substantial or even decisive involvement of non-Germans. Building on these insights, the Hungarian Historical Review is seeking papers to be published as part of a thematic issue devoted to new research directions and innovative findings in Central and Eastern European Holocaust historiography. The editors are especially interested in papers on the following topics, though alternative themes would also be considered:

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“Cultures of War: Experiences, Images, and Memories” in the late medieval and early modern period (1400-1800)

The issue is intended to provide a collection of essays that represent pioneering new advances, from methodological and thematic perspectives, in the study of the cultural history of wars in East Central Europe from the late medieval period to the end of the eighteenth century. Adopting the expression introduced by John Keegan (The Face of Battle), who triggered the “cultural turn” in the study of the histories of war, the essays will attempt to depict the faces of war. The intention is to offer insights from various perspectives into aspects of war that have been neglected. The focus will therefore be on the experiences and memories of contemporary agents.

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 Everyday Collaboration with the Communist Regimes in Eastern Europe

One of the aims of this issue is to develop a new interpretation of ‘collaboration’ with the communist regimes by using terms such as ‘cooperation’ and ‘political participation’. The articles seek to find new directions for a field that is often disrupted by the politically charged atmosphere in which stories of cooperation are revealed. It promises to reveal not only a wealth of ‘local’ and comparative information about cooperation hitherto unknown, but also seeks to interrogate the ways in which post-socialist cultures produce knowledge about ‘collaborators’ or ‘political participants’, and draw a distinction between ‘extraordinary’ and ‘ordinary’ histories. The aim is also to better understand the often neglected national differences in East-Central Europe, instead of simply considering the Soviet bloc as a uniform entity.

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“Religion in Social Relations”

The social interactions of individuals and groups belonging to different denominations was and is one of the everyday experiences of social manifestations of otherness. Ever since the Middle Ages, Central Europe has been home to various and varying religious and ethnic groups who have lived side by side. The region has been a meeting point for the Latin, Orthodox, Islamic, Christian, and Jewish worlds, and the Reformation made it even more religiously diverse. We encourage the submission of papers that examine the phenomena of religious and cultural diversity in the region from the perspectives of political history and the history of ideas, and we are particularly interested in submissions that address the social, economic, and cultural aspects of religiously and denominationally diverse coexistence. Papers should focus on the forms and extent of mutual interaction between denominations in everyday social and family life, from the palaces of the aristocrats to the homes of the burghers, from the world of the associations to the world of the arts, from the big cities to the smallest villages. We place emphasis on an understanding of religious life that throws into question the notion of clearly defined and distinct denominations and unambiguous denominational identities and examines instead blurred borders, processes of negotiation and renegotiation, and everyday practices of interaction.

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