VERITAS Research Institute and Archives

The eighth presentation of the History of Our Times (1867-1994) lecture series

19 May 2016

The Association of Zsuzsanna Lorántffy for the Development of the Bodrog-Tisza Region (The Lorántffy Zsuzsanna a Bodrogköz Fejlesztéséért Társulás) and the VERITAS Research Institute for History will together launch a new series of historical lectures called The History of Our Times (1867-1994), to be hosted in Királyhelmec (Kráľovský Chlmec, SK). Running from February 11th to June 2nd, 2016, nine lectures will take place at the Bodrogköz Hungarian Community Center (the Bodrogközi Magyar Közösség Ház), one every other Thursday. Our Institute’s historians will be discussing the most important events of the last one hundred fifty years of our nation’s history, from the Compromise of 1867 to the endeavors of the Antall-Boross governments.

The next lecture will start at 6 PM on Thursday, May 19th, 2016. Titled: The First Post-System Changeover Government: The Antall and Boross Governments: 1990-1994.

The eighth lecture in the series will be given by Endre Marinovich, Deputy Director of the VERITAS Research Institute for History. He will share his views on how the events of the System Changeover in Hungary unfolded and on the Antall and Boross governments’ major endeavors from 1990 to 1994.

Encompassing the late 1980’s and early 1990’s, the System Changeover was a unique, one-time and one-way process taking place in the Eastern and Central European countries that converted the one-party political system into a multiparty parliamentary one and transformed the command economy into a market economy. Marinovich will take us chronologically from the formation of the Opposition Roundtable to the first free parliamentary elections to the Antall-Boross governments’ term. He will talk about the newly founded and formed political institutions, such as the Constitutional Court, the form of government, the election system etc. Of course the most important international affairs will not go unmentioned, such as the dissolution of both the Warsaw Pact and Comecon, Hungary’s policies towards its neighbors, the Yugoslav Wars, Hungary’s Euro-Atlantic reorientation etc. Finally he will talk about the most important economic reforms of the period: the attempt to stabilize the economy, the ending of former economic ties and the privatization of state enterprise.