ProgrammOn October 22-25, 2012 a joint conference entitled Religion im politischen und sozialen Kontext was organized in Zwettl, Lower Austria by Institut für Österreichische Geschichtsforschung and Vienna Institute of Hungarian History. Similarly to the first conference in 2011 about the Early Modern Age this year the lectures were given by PhD students and young historians but this time Czech and Slovak colleagues also participated at the event along with Austrian and Hungarian researchers. Béla Mihalik, junior research fellow of our institute, gave a lecture entitled Die Rekatholisierung der städtischen Räume in Kaschau, Erlau und Frauenbach, 1670 bis 1699.


The premiere of the volume of essays Nation to Nation… edited by Dénes Sokcsevits took place on June 15, 2012 in the Jakobinus Hall of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences organized by the HAS Institute of History, Research Centre for the Humanities, the Metropolitan Self-Government of the Croatian Minority and the Belváros–Lipótváros Self-Government of the Croatian Minority. The volume summarizes the lectures of a conference in 2008 commemorating the 140th anniversary of the Hungarian–Croatian Conciliation (1868). The audience of the book premiere was greeted in the name of the host by Pál Fodor, Acting Director General of the HAS RCH, while the volume was introduced by literary and cultural historian Csaba Gy. Kiss and the book’s editor Dénes Sokcsevits.

Paksa Rudolf12. 06. 2012.

Rudolf Paksa: The Hungarian National Socialist Elite

In his lecture Rudolf Paksa, junior research fellow of the Institute, spoke about his research, the topic, the research methods and results of his PhD thesis titled „The Hungarian Far Right Elite from the 1930s to 1945”, which he defended in May this year.

carniola Invited by the Slovenian Academy of Sciences (SAZU), Géza Pálffy, the leader of our institute’s Early Modern History Research Team gave a lecture on 24 May 2012 at the Historical Seminar of the academy (Historični seminar ZRC SAZU). As the first lecturer among scholars of the Early Modern History representing Hungarian historiography, in his lecture given in German (Die Türkenabwehr und die Militärkartographie der Habsburger Monarchie in Ungarn und Kroatien-Slawonien im 16. Jahrhundert) he also gave an account on the results of his new volume on military cartography (Die Anfänge der Militärkartographie in der Habsburgermonarchie. Die regelmäßige kartographische Tätigkeit der Burgbaumeisterfamilie Angielini an den kroatisch-slawonischen und den ungarischen Grenzen in den Jahren 1560–1570. Budapest, Ungarisches Nationalarchiv, 2011. 96 p. + 108 p. + Tafel I–XXXII.). The small monograph introducing the earliest drawn country and border area maps of Hungary and Croatia was welcome in the Slovenian capital as well. Further information on the seminar and Géza Pálffy’s abstract can be found here.

2012-06-05 thomas benderJune 5, 2012.

Thomas Bender: New Approaches to the Question of American Exceptionalism

Thomas Bender, a professor of History at New York University, is an intellectual and cultural historian, who has also been a leader in the movement to reframe United States history in transnational and global frameworks, most notably with his books “Rethinking American History in a Global Age” and “A Nation Among Nations: America’s Place in World History”. In this lecture he spoke about American exceptionalism, which is a theory that the United States is different from other countries in that it has a specific world mission to spread liberty and democracy. In this view, America's exceptionalism stems from its emergence from a revolution, becoming “the first new nation”, and developing a uniquely American ideology, based on liberty, egalitarianism, individualism, populism and laissez-faire. Professor Bender is trying to put an end to the recent revival of American exceptionalism, a defect he esteems to be inherited from the Cold War. He emphasized that America and Europe were actually very similar on a number of social and economic indices. He claimed that the development of the United States had always depended on its transactions with other nations for commodities, cultural values and populations. Ha also argued that the United States had not broken from European history, and had retained class inequities, imperialism and war. Furthermore, most nations subscribe to some form of exceptionalism. Professor Bender emphasized that the United States of America is part of our global world and cannot be separated in any ways from the rest of the world.