By Dae Soon Kim
Unlike in different international locations of jap Europe the place the competition to communism got here within the type of unmarried mass pursuits led via charismatic leaders equivalent to Václav Havel and Lech Wa??sa, in Hungary the competition used to be very fragmented, introduced jointly and made potent in simple terms by way of the authoritative, major yet particularly unknown Árpád Göncz, who in this case turned Hungary’s first post-communist president.
This booklet charts the political occupation of Árpád Göncz, outlining the exceptional contribution he made to Hungary’s transition to democracy. Drawing on a variety of assets, together with files and interviews with Göncz himself and others, it exhibits how Göncz, not like Havel who used to be a playwright and whose political function used to be principally symbolic, was once a campaigning flesh presser all his lifestyles, regularly advocating social democratic, yet now not communist, values. Imprisoned from 1956 for his participation within the 1956 rebellion, Göncz was once a highly-effective political operator within the transition interval round 1989, and as president wielded actual strength successfully. As politics in Hungary are back marred through deep department and fragmentation, Göncz’s luck in bringing rival teams jointly is much more pronounced.
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The Transition to Democracy in Hungary: Árpád Göncz and the Post-Communist Hungarian Presidency (BASEES/Routledge Series on Russian and East European Studies) by Dae Soon Kim