This extraordinary book provides a snapshot of communism throughout the Kádár regime in Hungary (1956-1989) and captures the reality of the world behind the 'iron curtain' in a stunning, and often stark, collection of photographs.
Unfinished Socialism is a visual anthropological study containing over 450 photographs, many previously unpublished, which portray life in Hungary from every angle: from the May Day March to pop music and from the homeless to sport.
With an introduction that will help the reader understand and appreciate the true meaning of the photographs, this political, social and cultural study of the Kádár years truly transports the reader back to a time of great significance in Hungary's long and turbulent history.
Chapter 1: After the revolution
Chapter 2: János Kádár
Chapter 3: Comrades
Chapter 4: The party calls
Chapter 5: Meetings
Chapter 6: Guardians of the Socialist Regime
Chapter 7: Heroes, role models and stars
Chapter 8: People
Chapter 9: Private rituals
Chapter 10: Scenes
Chapter 11: Situations
Chapter 12: Consumerism and shopping
Chapter 13: Before the transition
Index of Names
Terminology and Institutions
Dailies and Periodicals