The transition to democracy in Hungary : Árpád Göncz and the post-communist Hungarian presidency
- Dae Soon Kim.
- Milton Park, Abingdon, Oxon : Routledge, 2013.
- Physical description
- xxv, 263 pages ; 24 cm.
- BASEES/Routledge series on Russian and East European studies 91.
- Kim, Dae Soon.
- Includes bibliographical references (p. 223-252) and index.
- Part 1: Development of Goncz's political views
- 1. Beginnings
- 2. The 1956 Hungarian Revolution
- 3. Dissidence in the 1980s
- Part 2: The post-Communist Presidency
- 4. Development of the post-Communist Presidency in Hungary
- 5. The first Presidency (1990-1995)
- 6. The second Presidency (1995-2000)
- 7. Conclusion.
- (source: Nielsen Book Data)
Unlike in other countries of Eastern Europe where the opposition to communism came in the form of single mass movements led by charismatic leaders such as Vaclav Havel and Lech Walesa, in Hungary the opposition was very fragmented, brought together and made effective only by the authoritative, significant but relatively unknown Arpad Goncz, who subsequently became Hungary's first post-communist president. This book charts the political career of Arpad Goncz, outlining the outstanding contribution he made to Hungary's transition to democracy. Drawing on a wide range of sources, including archives and interviews with Goncz himself and others, it shows how Goncz, unlike Havel who was a playwright and whose political role was largely symbolic, was a campaigning politician all his life, consistently advocating social democratic, but not communist, values. Imprisoned from 1956 for his participation in the 1956 uprising, Goncz was a highly-effective political operator in the transition period around 1989, and as president wielded real power effectively. As politics in Hungary are again marred by deep division and fragmentation, Goncz's success in bringing rival groups together is even more pronounced.
(source: Nielsen Book Data)
- Göncz, Árpád.
- Göncz, Árpád > Political and social views.
- Presidents > Hungary > Biography.
- Post-communism > Hungary > History > 20th century.
- Democracy > Hungary > History > 20th century.
- Social change > Hungary > History > 20th century.
- Hungary > Politics and government > 1989-
- Hungary > Politics and government > 1945-1989.
- Publication date
- BASEES/Routledge series on Russian and East European studies ; 91
- 9780415636643 (hardback : alkaline paper)
- 0415636647 (hardback : alkaline paper)
- 9780203694251 (e-book)
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