VERITAS Research Institute for History and Archives

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

02 June 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 and final lecture, 1956 and What Came After, will take place at 6 PM on Thursday, June 2nd, 2016.

János Rácz, VERITAS Research Fellow, will deliver the final lecture. He will shine a light on the international background of the 1956 Hungarian Revolution, with particular emphasis on American foreign policy toward Hungary. At the time the Americans had not expected any uprising at all in Hungary against the communist regime.

Rácz will begin the story with the Teheran Conference of November / December 1943, where the post-war fate of Eastern Europe had been decided in favor of Soviet occupation. He will talk about one of the most significant consequences of the revolution’s aftermath: the weakening of the communist parties in the Western democracies, using the examples of the British and American communist parties to show the international significance of the 1956 Hungarian Revolution. Finally he will talk about the revolution as seen through the eyes of those who had been there, using material from interviews he conducted with ‘56er emigrants.