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vt2016 1 borito 1 kisThe first issue of World History (Világtörténet) for 2016, a thematic issue dedicated to Saint Martin of Tours) has been published. The present volume, edited by Marianne Sághy, contains multidisciplinary studies which reflect the new directions of the Martin-research on the occasion of the 1700th anniversary of the Saint’s birth at Savaria (modern Szombathely in Hungary). Attention is mainly focused on the hagiographical work of Sulpicius Severus, its late antique socio-religious background, and the examination of the early expansion (fourth to tenth centuries) of the cult, for these aspects have received little scholarly treatment in Hungarian so far. The impresarios of Saint Martin’s international cult were bishops, poets, kings, nuns, emperors and monks: each of them was attracted by a different element in the multifaceted personality of Martin, and the feature emphasised most varied from period to period, and from soldier to bishop, mystic to missionary. Saint Martin has remained the symbol of apostolic poverty and first monasticism for later Christian generations. It is hoped that these studies will not only contribute to a better understanding of the portrayal and cult of Saint Martin, but also give new momentum to Hungarian research of late antique hagiography.

TSZ 2016 1 borito 1 kicsiThe first issue of Historical Review for 2016 has been published.

Péter Erdő’s study aimed at exploring the possible divergences and defects of the process with regard to the contemporary state of the canonization process. It was seeking answer to the question whether the process itself, in terms of its whole course and final result, was in keeping with contemporary prescriptions. László Szabolcs Gulyás’ essay explores the content of the customary law and its practical application in the market towns of northeastern Hungary in the late middle ages. The purchase, exchange, mortgage, alienation and bequest of real estate, as well as their offer to ecclesiastical institutions as pious donation was a general phenomenon in late medieval Hungarian market towns. Free disposition of various pieces of property – plots, houses, arable, mills, pasture, and before all vineyards – was an everyday and widely accepted occurrence. Supervision of real estate trade was a basic duty of the town council, a task it discharged on the basis of the town’s own customary law. Tamás Goreczky’s paper is primarily concerned with the internal and foreign affairs of Russia in the 1880s with a particular focus on one of the influential political phenomena of the decade, Pan-Slavism. The paper provides an overview of the Pan-Slavic movement and its politicians in the aforementioned time span, predominantly based on the reports of István Burián, the Austro-Hungarian consul general in Moscow. Gusztáv D. Kecskés’ study summarises what the Swiss authorities did in order to secure the reception of the refugees, the ways in which the local society reacted to the crisis, and the results that were yielded by the efforts. The conclusion of the author is that while the Swiss response perfectly fits into the general policies of the West, some local characteristics can also be grasped. He regards as the chief feature of success Cold War opposition and the determined governmental will which derived therefrom.