VT 2013 2-3The growing economic and political significance of the East Asian region makes it necessary for a small European country like Hungary to start training well-prepared experts who combine wide historical and cultural knowledge on this region with up-to-date information concerning the political and economic relations between the East Asian countries. The editorial board of Világtörténet, the only Hungarian language academic journal entirely devoted to world history, has decided to strengthen its commitment to this region by putting together a thematic issue on East Asia. The articles of the current issue deal with some of the more important questions envisaging the contemporary history of the East Asian region, such as the economic modernization, the impact of the Western social model and urban planning, but also the national and territorial conflicts among regional powers of this area. We are confident that this effort will bring closer the historical debate on this crucial emerging area to the Hungarian public, and will also stimulate a new wave of research and analysis on the Asian continent.

MoECAn international conference entitled "Memory of Everyday Collaboration with the Communist Regimes in Eastern Europe" will be organized by the Institute of History of the Research Centre for the Humanities (RCH), HAS and the European Network Remembrance and Solidarity (ENRS) between 23 and 26 October 2013 at the Institute of History (RCH, HAS) and the Polish Institute (1065 Budapest, Nagymező u. 15.).

More information and the program of the conference can be read here.

maroth kotet borito1The volume of essays entitled More modoque. Die Wurzeln der europäischen Kultur und deren Rezeption im Orient und Okzident has been published by the Research Centre for the Humanities of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences with the contribution of the Research Centre for Ancient Studies (MTA Ókortudományi Kutatócsoport) in the honour of the classical philologist and prominent scholar of orientalism, Prof. Miklós Maróth on his 70th birthday. The papers have been selected and edited by Pál Fodor, Gyula Mayer, Martina Monostori, Kornél Szovák and László Takács. The contents can be read here.

BethlenThe series of the programs of the Bethlen Memorial Year has been designed to introduce and present the historical role and activities of Gabriel Bethlen to a wider audience, inside and beyond our state borders, with an organised, coordinated and directed cooperation of different disciplines.  Our aim is to provide more information and better understanding about Gabriel Bethlen and his age to the public  in Hungary and abroad. There are several volumes in English, German and French reflecting the interpretation of the neighbouring countries about Bethlen; however, there are only a few Hungarian-language summaries. The Bethlen Memorial Year may lead to make our national history and a proud and successful image of the Hungarians better known throughout Europe.