The Forgotten Revolution
András B. Göllner, ed.

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The Forgotten Revolution : The 1919 Hungarian Republic of Councils

András B. Göllner, ed.


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After the ravages of World War I and the collapse of the Austro-Hungarian Empire, Budapest was engulfed by revolution and marauding foreign armies in 1919. Factory workers, disillusioned ex-soldiers, landless peasants, artists, and intellectuals began forming grassroots councils to get the country back on its feet. This groundswell produced a unique cross-class alliance in pursuit of social justice, constitutionalism, and sustainable economic development, which quickly led to the formation of the Hungarian Republic of Councils. After only four months, however, this radically new experiment in self-government ended in tragedy Over time, the revolution has not only been smeared by the Hungarian right wing but also misunderstood and largely forgotten by the rest of the world.

This volume will set the historical record straight on the heroic but tragic events of 1919, paying tribute to the working men and women who gave their lives to a tenacious and courageous idea.  These essays bring together internationally respected scholars from Europe and North America, including Péter Csunderlik, Raquel Varela, Kari Polanyi Levitt, Magda Aranyossi, Lajos Csoma, Susan Zimmermann, Christopher Adam, András B. Göllner, Marie-Josée Lavallée, and Dimitrios Roussopoulos.

András B. Göllner is a Hungarian born Canadian Political-Economist (PhD, The London School of Economics). One of the Founders of Concordia University’s School of Community and Public Affairs, he is now an Emeritus Associate Professor of Political Science at Concordia and an active civil-rights advocate. He was the Founder of the Montreal based civil-rights advocacy group, the Canadian-Hungarian Democratic Charter in 2011. Dr. Göllner is the author/editor of five books, including Social Change and Corporate Strategy (Stamford. IAP 1983) and Ilona: Portrait of a Revolutionary (2020 forthcoming). Göllner’s writings have appeared in numerous scholarly journals as well as in the mass and on-line media in Europe and North America, including Hungarian Cultural Studies, The Journal of Parliamentary Law and Politics, The Los Angeles Times, The Huffington Post, The National Post, Social Europe, Élet és Irodalom (Life and Literature) etc., His current research focuses on the political language of cyber-capitalism.

Table of Contents

  • i.Preface
    -- András B. Göllner
    • ii.Acknowledgements
    • ii.Introduction: When the Impossible Becomes Inevitable
      -- Raquel Varela and András B. Göllner

  • 1. The Roots and Antecedents of the 1919 Hungarian Republic of Councils
    -- Péter Csunderlik
  • 2. Workers’ Councils and Revolution: The German Example
    -- Marie Josée Lavallée
  • 3. Workers Councils and the 1919 Hungarian Commune
    -- Lajos Csoma
  • 4. The Public Policies of the 1919 Hungarian Republic of Council
    -- András B. Göllner
  • 5. Working Women and the 1919 Commune
  •  Part I: Introducing Magda Aranyossi
    -- Susan Zimmermann
  • Part II. The Impact of the Russian Revolution and the Republic of Councils on the Working Women’s Movement in Hungary
    -- Magda Aranyossi
  • 6.Vienna and Budapest After WWI - a Tale of Two Cities
    -- Kari Polanyi Levitt
  • 7.The Exiled Voice of the 1919 Commune
    -- Cristopher Adam
  • 8.The Rhapsody of the Permanent Counterrevolution in Hungary
    -- András B. Göllner
  • Conclusions
    -- Dimitrios Roussopoulos


225 page, 6x9

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