Nyyssönen - Presence of the Past in Politics

Nimeke: Presence of the Past in Politics: "1956" After 1956 in Hungary

Tekijä: Heino Nyyssönen

ISBN: 978-951-39-0547-0

Julkaisija: University of Jyväskylä

Julkaistu: 1999



Political transition is not only about the struggle for the future. The past is also present in the transition where politics and history are used in various symbolic, moral and juridical levels.

This book deals with the Hungarian recent history, and particularly how the history is exploited in the first post-communist years of the 1990s. Heino Nyyssönen focuses on one of the most significant events in Cold War Europe, the ‘uprising’ of the Hungarians in 1956, and how the memory of this upsetting event has later influenced Hungarian political thought.

Nyyssönen follows the narrative of ‘1956’ not only through the problems of history writing but also in everyday politics of the 1990s: political transition and the struggle of the past in general, new collective identities in post-communism, nationalism and anti-Semitism, difficulties to create an independent media, and the debates over ‘historical justice’ after communism.