Book Reviews:

Third Europe
Polish Federalist Though in the United States 1940-1970s

Reviewed by: Marcus E. Ethridge
University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee (Emeritus)
The Polish Review The Polish Review Vol. 63, No. 2, 2018

“Sławomir Łukasiewicz brings a detailed historical perspective to the political and legal analysis generated by these Polish intellectuals, giving us valuable insights into the issues at stake in the emerging bi-polar post-war world. Although these thinkers were a diverse lot, the book focuses on their efforts to create a federal arrangement for the countries of central Europe.”
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21st Century Hungarian Language Survival in Transylvania

21st Century Hungarian Language Survival in Transylvania

“This volume offers a fresh, comprehensive description of the current state of affairs of Hungarian as an endangered minority language in the Transylvania region, also making the reader aware of the struggles minority language speakers face. Seven scholars, linguists and sociologists based in the Carpathian Basin, and showing keen interest in and concern for their native tongue, set out to analyze the language’s position in six chapters, under the guidance of Prof. Judith Kesserű Némethy.”
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Night and Fog: The Collected Dramas and Screenplays of Danilo Kiš

Night and Fog: The Collected Dramas and Screenplays of Danilo Kiš

“The anthology features five dramas (Night and Fog, The Parrot, A Wooden Trunk for Thomas Wolfe, The Mechanical Lions, and Electra), and two screenplays (Marin Držić Always Lands on his Feet and Končarevci: A Factory Story). All the plays take place in modern times with the exception of Electra and Marin Držić, and all their characters are situated in their social contexts. Some plays address social and political conditions (The Parrot and Končarevci), while others investigate legacies of the totalitarian ideologies of the twentieth century (Night and Fog, Mechanical Lions, and A Wooden Trunk for Thomas Wolfe). All the plays simultaneously portray everyday life and the human condition in a broader sense. Ideology has an important place in Kiš’s plays: institutional religion in Electra and Marin Držić, legacies of Fascism and Communism in the rest. Violence is foregrounded and many characters die a violent death.”
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In Search of the Budapest Secession: The Artist Proletariat and Modernism’s Rise
Slavic Review, vol. 74, no. 2 (Summer 2015)

In Search of the Budapest Secession: The Artist Proletariat and Modernism’s Rise in the Hungarian Art Market, 1800–1914

“In addition to academic training, Jeffrey Taylor brought to his search for the “Budapest secession” years of experience in the art trade. In the course of his extensive research, he discovered not one but a series of secessions (and secessions of secessions) and concluded that they were driven primarily by economic rather than aesthetic motives, that is, that they were less struggles for stylistic supremacy than competitions for commercial success.” read more >

The Inauguration of Organized Political Warfare – Cold War Organizations Sponsored by the National Committee for a Free Europe / Free Europe Committee.

Cover Organized Political Warfare

An Extract from a review in the Hungarian Historical Review authored by Barnabás Vajda Volume 3, issue 4, 2014

Edited by Katalin Kádár Lynn. New York:

“There are eleven studies written by nine authors in this excellent book. The studies of two of the authors, Katalin Kádár Lynn, the editor of the volume, and Anna Mazurkiewicz are of key importance in the volume. The book is an immense contribution to the history of émigrés and at the same time to the knowledge of the activities of the Free Europe Committee. Though the survey is far from complete—all authors have raised many issues for further research—the book is an important step in furthering our knowledge about the true nature of American policy toward Eastern Europe during the Cold War.”
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