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Transition to Democracy in Hungary

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Beschreibung

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 Wa??sa, 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 rpd Gncz, outlining the outstanding contribution he made to Hungary's transition to democracy. Drawing on a wide range of sources, including archives and interviews with Gncz himself and others, it shows how Gncz, 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, Gncz 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, Gncz's success in bringing rival groups together is even more pronounced.

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Titel: Transition to Democracy in Hungary
Untertitel: Arpad Goncz and the Post-Communist Hungarian Presidency
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EAN: 9781135045517
ISBN: 978-1-135-04551-7
Digitaler Kopierschutz: Adobe-DRM
Format: E-Book (pdf)
Herausgeber: Taylor & Francis
Genre: Sonstiges
Anzahl Seiten: 296
Veröffentlichung: 18.07.2013
Jahr: 2013
Untertitel: Englisch