kinai delegacioDuring its European tour on 31 May, 2012, the delegation of the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences (CASS) arrived in Hungary. The six delegates, led by CASS Vice President Li Shenming, were welcomed by HAS Vice President Miklós Maróth in the main building of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences.

Yaroslav VeshinGábor Demeter, associate of our institute delivered a lecture on October 3, 2012 entitled The Balkan Wars in the Hungarian press and contemporary military literature in Sofia at an international conference between October 3 and 9 organized for the 100th anniversary of the outbreak of the Balkan Wars entitled 100 years since the Balkan Wars. The lecturer was invited by the Institute of History, Bulgarian Academy of Sciences. The event was organized by Georgi Rakovski Military Academy (celebrating the 100th anniversary of its establishment), BAS Institute of History, Macedonian Institute, Institute of Balkanistics, University of Varna, Veliko Tarnovo University and historical museums of Blagoevgrad and Stara Zagora under the patronage of the Minister of Defence. Lectures were hosted throughout Bulgaria, by Sofia, Blagoevrad, Stara Zagora, Veliko Tarnovo and Kardzhali. Russian, Polish, Serbian, Macedonian, Greek, Montenegrin, Romanian and Hungarian scholars participated in the conference. The different locations provided the guests with the chance to get to know traditions connected to local events in the war. They also visited commemorative celebrations remembering the war of „liberation”.

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05. 15. 2012.

The Age of Transition – The country of King János (Szapolyai). New trends and results in research

During the centuries of the Hungarian history there were two noble families who could rise to the throne: the Hunyadi and the Szapolyai family. Owing to the popularity of King Mátyás (Matthias), we know a lot about the first, but we have much less knowledge about the latter, especially compared to their historical importance. The historical significance of the Szapolyai family was provided by their outstanding wealth and political power. In the time of the Jagello (Jagiello) kings, the Szapolyai family could have an own court, politics and diplomacy. Their power was based on their unprecedented wealth (which included 8% of the total of serf allotments of the country) and a well organized institution of familiaritas (a kind of vassality of nobility).

esterhazySummary of an international workshop conference

The opening ceremony of the research project The life and political role of János Esterházy in archival and press sources took place on October 5, 2012 in the Jakobinus Hall of HAS Research Centre for the Humanities. The title of the event was The career and remembrance of János Esterházy (Summing up of historical resources and the politician). The project is supported by International Visegrád Fund. The event was organized by Institute of History, HAS Research Centre for the Humanities, in cooperation with Forum Minority Research Institute in Samorín, Slovakia and consisted of two parts: an open workshop conference and a project discussion for specialists participating in this research.