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Pál Hatos – Attila Novák: Between Minority and Majority

between minority and majority

Title: Between Minority and Majority - Hungarian and Jewish/Israeli ethnical and cultural experiences in recent centuries
Editors: Pál Hatos, Attila Novák
Authors: Levente Salat, Tamás Turán, Viktória Bányai, Victor Karády, Vago Raphael, Szabolcs Szita, Judit Frigyesi, Guy Miron, Tamás Gusztáv Filep, Attila Gidó, Balázs Ablonczy, Attila Novák, András Kovács, Attila Papp Z.
Publication date: 2013
Publisher: Balassi Institute
Language: english
ISBN 978-963-89583-8-9 (Paperback)
ISBN 978-615-5389-33-7 (PDF)
Lenght: 262 p.

This book is also available in Hungarian: Kisebbség és többség között - A magyar és a zsidó/izraeli etnikai és kulturális tapasztalatok az elmúlt századokban

On May 4-6, 2011 in cooperation with historians from Hungary and Israel, the Balassi Institute organized a conference entitled “Between Minority and Majority” on the history of the Hungarian and Jewish diaspora and the shifting mean-ings of notions of Hungarian and Jewish identity.

This book contains essays based on the presentations given at the conference. From the perspective of its subject, the conference broke with an approach that in general tends to prevail in conferences held for a Hungarian speaking audience on topics related to Jewish history and culture. The presentations that were held treated Hungarian history and Jewish history (and naturally also the history of Hungarian Jewry) not simply as a kind of “Passion,” i.e. a narrative of sufferings, but considered instead the question of the essence and substance of these groups themselves, their points of cross-cultural intersection, and their similarities and differences from the perspectives of sociology and historiography. The histories acquired meaning both through their historical continuity and through comparison, thereby also creating a possibility for dialogue. The examination of Hungarian and Jewish identity was extricated from the framework of the narrative of sufferings that came into being as a consequence of Trianon and the Holocaust, a narrative framework that bears unquestionable legitimacy, but which we nonetheless sought on this occasion to transcend. Instead, the conference presented, from the perspectives of general and individual history, the inextricably and sometimes
almost imperceptibly intertwined realities of these communities.

This book is also available as an e-book (ISBN 978-615-5389-34-4)!


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