Jenő Szűcs: The Historical Construction of National Consciousness

November 28, 2022

CEU Press and Pasts Inc. Center for Historical Studiesin collaboration with the History Working Group of CEU Democracy Institute, cordially invite you to a book launch Jenő Szűcs: The Historical Construction of National Consciousness. Selected Writings. The volume is edited by the Department of Medieval Studies' Gábor Klaniczay, alongside Balázs Trencsényi and Gábor Gyáni. The launch will be moderated by Emily Poznanski (director of CEU Press), and presented by Gabriella Erdélyi (BTK TTI, Budapest) and László Kontler (Pro-Rector, CEU Budapest).

This selection documents Szűcs’s seminal contribution to many contemporary debates in historical anthropology, nationalism studies, and conceptualhistory. It contains his key texts on the history of national consciousness and patterns of collective identity, as well as medieval and early modern political thought. The works published here, most of them previously unavailable in English, provide a sophisticated analysis of a wide range of subjects from the myths of origins of Hungarians before Christianization to the political and religious ideology of the Dózsa peasant uprising in 1514, the medieval roots of civil society, or the revival of ethnic nationalism during the communist era. The volume, with an introduction by the editors locating Szűcs in a transnational context, offers a unique insight into the complex and sensitive debate on national identity in post-1945 East Central Europe.

Join us on Thursday, 1 December, 4.00pm in CEU Budapest, 1051 Nádor u. 15. room 101 (Quantum room) or online under this link: