Washington, D.C. : Woodrow Wilson Center Press ; Baltimore : Johns Hopkins University Press, c2000.
Book — xii, 398 p. : ill. ; 24 cm.
Hungary's revolutionary crowd of 1848 was defeated in 1849, but crowds of other kinds and crowd politics remained central to Hungary over the next 50 years. This text describes how the crowd's shifting cast of characters participated in the making of Hungary in the troubled Austro-Hungarian empire. Audiences at theatres, fairs, statue raisings and commemorations of national figures; political rallies; ethnic mobs; May Day celebrations; monarchical festivities; and war rallies all take up places in this history. Not only insurgent crowds, but festive ones as well have political and material goals, Alice Freifield finds. She argues that parading in front of a spectator crowd may have confirmed noble particpants in their claims to be spokespersons of the nation, but the chastened crowd could also feels its presence was instrumental. As the crowd became an instrument to advance the elite's agenda, it was never a slave to the lears of simply manipulated by them, as it too demanded deference from its pageant masters. Hope for liberal nationalism, which Hungarina crowds carried from their experience of 1848, thus continued to confront the monarchy, its bureaucracy and the gentry. (source: Nielsen Book Data)