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Author Berend, Iván.

Title History in my life : a memoir of three eras / Ivan T. Berend.

Published New York : Central European University Press, 2009.


Location Call No. Status
Physical description 1 online resource (276 pages)
polychrome rdacc
Series Books at JSTOR All Purchased.
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references.
Contents Introduction and acknowledgement -- List of photos -- My family in Budapest in the 1930s -- The end of childhood -- Dachau and the Südosteuropa-Gesellschaft's conference in Munich -- The Gebirgsjägerschule in Mittenwald -- Where is my home? -- The 1956 revolution in my life -- My universities -- A widening world, learning by traveling -- In the international community of historians : friends all over the world -- Experiencing and writing history : a special friend, books, and debates -- Teaching in two different university systems -- My globalized family -- In the establishment -- In the storm of the regime change -- Leaving Hungary for Los Angeles -- America.
Summary Berend's memoir offers an interesting case study, a subjective addition to the "objective" historical works on Central and Eastern European state socialism. It describes the hard choices of intellectuals in a dictatorial state: 1. remain in isolation, concentrate on scholarly works, and exclude politics in your personal life; 2. be in opposition, criticize and unveil the regime, accept discrimination and exclusion; 3. remain within the establishment and work for reforming the country using legal possibilities to criticize the regime and to achieve changes from within. Ivan T. Berend, is Distinguished Professor at the University of California Los Angeles, Director of the European Studies Program. He was one of the masterminds of regime change in Hungary. He made a career in Hungary as a university professor, Rector of the University of Economics (1973-79), and President of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences (1985-90). He was President of the International Committee of Historical Sciences (1995-2000), and Vice-President of the International Economic History Association (1986-1994). His research interests are the complex economic, social, ideological, and cultural history of Central and Eastern Europe in the 19th-20th century; economic modernization; problems of European backwardness; transition from state socialism to capitalism. He published and 26 books and more than 120 studies.
Other author JSTOR, issuing body.
Subject Socialism -- Europe, Eastern.
Socialism -- Europe, Central.
Intellectuals -- Hungary -- Biography.
Electronic books.
ISBN 9786155211775 (electronic bk.)
6155211779 (electronic bk.)
9789639776487 (cloth : alk. paper)
9639776483 (cloth : alk. paper)
9789639776487 (cloth : alk. paper)