On November 27th, 2015, at 4 PM in the Pollack hall of the Hungarian National Museum, two new volumes will debut as part of the Kodolányi János University History Workshop series and under the supervision of Ráció Kiadó (Publishing). These are László Orosz’s Tudomány és politika. Fritz Valjavec (1909–1960) a két világháború közötti magyar–német tudománypolitikai kapcsolatokban (Science and Politics: Fritz Valjavec [1909-1960] in German-Hungarian Political Science Relations During the Inter-War Period) and József Csurgai Horváth’s Székesfehérvár urbanizációja. A városfejlődés a kiegyezés korában (The Urbanization of Székesfehérvár: The City’s Development at the Time of the Austro-Hungarian Compromise).
László Orosz, Senior Research Fellow at the VERITAS Research Institute for History, has been studying the life and endeavors of Fritz Valjavec for many years. As a result of his research in both Hungarian and German archives, Orosz has written the first expanded and comprehensive treatment of the emblematic figure of the Munich-based Südost-Institut. Valjavec was the one who brought the Südost-Forschungen Journal (“Southeast Research”) to life and served it until his death. This was the internationally recognized literary operation that focused its work on our region. Valjavec was one of the few Western European historians who treated the history of the peoples of Southeastern Europe – including of course that of the Hungarians – outside the box. That is, he approached it as a subject worth studying instead of as something to be dismissed. His journal, too, offered a European forum where misconceptions about said people could be remedied, and which helped mitigate mutual resentment during the interwar period.
Zsolt K. Lengyel, Director of the Regensburg-based Hungarian Institute, and Gábor Ujváry, Subject Team Leader of the Miklós Horthy Era Research Team, will consider and discuss the book.
József Csurgai Horváth is a historian, college professor and the Director of the Székesfehérvár City Archives. The Urbanization of Székesfehérvár takes a look at the urbanization that Székesfehérvár underwent during the Monarchy Era. Utilizing the plentiful resources of the City Archives, along with the subject matter literature pertaining to the country as a whole, Csurgai Horváth introduces us to the political changes the city underwent, as well as the contributions of the city’s leadership, organizations and patriotic citizens in making Székesfehérvár prosper. He goes into detail concerning every meaningful aspect of urbanization, starting with industrialization, and then progressing to the development of public spaces, the construction of buildings, the formation of social institutions, water works and sewage development, the introduction of incandescent lighting and road and rail transportation development.
The author will share his thoughts and discuss his book with Gábor Ujváry, Subject Team Leader at the VERITAS Research Institute for History.