Geopolitics in the Danube Region

Hungarian Reconciliation Efforts, 1848-1998
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978-963-9116-29-0
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1998
350 pages

Central and Eastern Europe has a long history of, on the one hand, ethnic conflicts and, on the other, of a revolutionary tradition against expansionism. Both have their roots in the geographical situation and ethnic composition of the region. All these problems have surfaced at times when the political status quo has been upset for some reason, such as after the two world wars and after the collapse of the Soviet Union.

Both great powers bordering the Danube region-Germany and Russia-have strived to develop their own versions of confederations (Mitteleuropa and Pan-Slavic movements). Also, politicians and intellectuals of the countries affected have proposed various theories, and made initiatives for different forms of closer or looser confederative formations.

This book examines the reasons for the failure of these initiatives, these reasons including such factors as ethnically-motivated political antagonism, and the lack of economic complementarity. Contributing valuable information on the problems of political and economic integration, which should not be forgotten in a period when the countries of the region are looking towards the European Union, expecting-realistically or not-the solution of their various conflicts.

Contributors
Preface to the Series "Atlantic Studies on Society in Change"
Bela K. Kiraly
Plans and Projects for Integration in East Central Europe in the 19th and 20th Centuries: Toward a Typology
Ignac Romsics

THE BEGINNINGS
Miklos Wesselenyi on the Future of the Habsburg Empire and Hungary
Agnes Deak
The Hungarian Nationalities Act of 1849
Andras Gergely

CROSSROAD BETWEEN REVOLUTION AND THE COMPROMISE (1849-1867)
Lajos Kossuth's Role in the Conceptualization of a Danubian Federation
Gyorgy Szabad
Dialogue among Hungarian and Romanian Exiles, 1850-51
Ambrus Miskolczy

ERA OF DUALISM (1867-1918)
Jozsef Eotvos and Ferenc Deak: Laws on Nationalities
Laszlo Katus
Lajos Mocsary's Political Theory of National Minorities
Istvan Csucsuja
The Hungarian-Croat Compromise of 1868
Imre Ress

ERA OF UPHEAVALS (1918-98)
Conceptual Changes on Central European Integration in Hungarian Political Thinking, 1920-1948
Gyorgy Gyarmati
Oszkar Jaszi's Danube Federation Theories
Gyorgy Litvan
Transylvanism: Revision or Regionalism?
Piroska Balogh
Istvan Bibo on the Conditions of Danubian Reconciliation
Tibor Zs. Lukacs
National Independence, Neutrality, and Cooperation in the Danube Region: Imre Nagy's Foreign Policy Ideas
Janos M. Rainer
"Why Did the Danubian Federation Plans Fail?"
Peter Hanak

PRESENT AND THE FUTURE
The Protection of National and Ethnic Minorities' Rights in Hungary(l989-1997)
Judit Boda Palok
Bilateral Treaties between Hungary and its Neighbors after 1989
Gaspar Biro

Biographies of Key Personalities
Basic Bibliography
Maps
Austro-Hungarian Monarchy
"Trianon" Hungary
Hungary in 1941
Name Index
Geographical Index