EVSb2017 Introduction to Hungarian foreign policy

Faculty of Social Studies
Spring 2025
Extent and Intensity
1/1/0. 4 credit(s). Type of Completion: z (credit).
Taught online.
Teacher(s)
András Schweitzer, Ph.D. (lecturer), doc. Vratislav Havlík, Ph.D. (deputy)
Guaranteed by
doc. Vratislav Havlík, Ph.D.
Department of International Relations and European Studies – Faculty of Social Studies
Contact Person: Olga Cídlová, DiS.
Supplier department: Department of International Relations and European Studies – Faculty of Social Studies
Prerequisites
! IRE217 Hungarian foreign policy && ! NOW ( IRE217 Hungarian foreign policy ) && ! IREb2017 Hungarian foreign policy && ! NOW ( IREb2017 Hungarian foreign policy )
To be able to read materials in English
Course Enrolment Limitations
The course is only offered to the students of the study fields the course is directly associated with.

The capacity limit for the course is 50 student(s).
Current registration and enrolment status: enrolled: 0/50, only registered: 0/50
fields of study / plans the course is directly associated with
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Course objectives
The aim of the course is to equip the students with the necessary knowledge and skills to evaluate foreign policy options available to the Hungarian political elite at different times; and the cultural, social, economic and internal political background of specific steps actually taken.
Learning outcomes
Students should become acquainted with the major turning points in contemporary Hungarian diplomatic history; acquire the necessary knowledge and skills to evaluate foreign policy options available to the Hungarian political elite at different times; to be able to reflect on persistent and recurring ideas that formulated Hungarian foreign policy, and to understand the cultural, social, economic and internal political background of specific policy steps actually taken.
Syllabus
  • May 2: General ideas of Hungarian identity and the beginnings of Hungarian foreign policy (-1920) Session 1: Introduction: What (and since when) is “Hungarian” foreign politics? The idea of Hungarian uniqueness, of the eternal westward travel, of being pagan, of being Turkic vs Finno-Ugric, of being Christian-European. The idea of the “1000 years kingdom”. The twin-ideas of wars of independence and compromise. Required reading: István Deák. The revolutionary tradition in Hungary and the lessons of the 1956 struggle for independence. Hungarian Studies, Vol. 20 (2006), No. 1. Session 2: The Károlyi-government and the pacifist option. The Hungarian Soviet Republic and the idea of global Socialist revolution. Required reading: Peter Pastor. Major trends in Hungarian foreign policy from the collapse of the monarchy to the peace treaty of Trianon. Hungarian Studies, Vol. 17. (2003), No. 1. May 3: Trianon-trauma, Conservatism, Fascism Hungarian style (1920-1945) Session 3: The Trianon-trauma in Hungarian national consciousness. Horthy-era: (Alternatives to) alliance with Germany. Required reading: Pál Pritz. Hungarian foreign policy in the interwar period. Hungarian Studies, Vol. 17. (2003), No. 1. Session 4: The “swing-politics” of the Kállay government, and the (non-)option for “quitting”. Szálasi and the idea of “persistence”. Required reading: Nándor Dreisziger. The long shadow of Trianon: Hungarian alliance policies during world war II. Hungarian Studies, Vol. 17. (2003), No. 1. May 4: Sovietization, Stalinism, revolution (1945-1956) Session 5: Soviet liberation or occupation? Foreign policy considerations in times of limited sovereignty. Required reading: Lászlo Borhi. Hungary in the Soviet empire 1945-1956. Hungarian Studies, Vol. 20 (2006), No. 1. Session 6: Foreign policy implications of the 1956 revolution, the vision of a neutral Hungary. Required reading: Csaba Békés. The 1956 Hungarian revolution and the superpowers. Hungarian Studies, Vol. 17 (2003), No. 1. May 5: Goulash communism in the happiest barrack. Annus mirabilis and the euroatlantic integration (1956-1989) Session 7: János Kádár and gulash communism. Economic reform (the “happiest barrack”) and military intervention (“the reluctant ally) in 1968 Required reading: Andrew Felkay. Hungarian foreign policy in the Kádár era. Hungarian Studies, Vol. 17. (2003), No. 1. Session 8: System change, orientation change, the triple foreign policy priority, fundamental treaties, NATO- and EU-accession Required reading: András Simonyi. Hungarian foreign policy on the threshold of the new millennium. Hungarian Studies, Vol. 17. (2003), No. 1. May 6: the Hungarian return of history (2010-) Session 9: System of National Cooperation, “eastern opening”, “Stop Brussels”, and the “peacock dance” Required reading: András Bozóki & Dániel Hegedűs: An externally constrained hybrid regime: Hungary in the European Union. Democratization, Vol. 25 (2018), No. 7. Session 10: Summary, the problem of path dependency, future prospects for the region and Hungary.
Literature
    required literature
  • Peter Pastor. Major trends in Hungarian foreign policy from the collapse of the monarchy to the peace treaty of Trianon. Hungarian Studies, Vol. 17. (2003), No. 1.
  • Andrew Felkay. Hungarian foreign policy in the Kádár era. Hungarian Studies, Vol. 17. (2003), No. 1.
  • András Bozóki & Dániel Hegedűs: An externally constrained hybrid regime: Hungary in the European Union. Democratization, Vol. 25 (2018), No. 7.
Teaching methods
Lectures, seminars, presentations, in class discussion
Assessment methods
Evaluation will be based on a written test at the end of the course. The test will consist of five short answer questions about the subjects discussed during classes (and related to the obligatory texts). To each question an answer of a few sentences is required for a maximum of 2 points. Altogether 10 point can be earned.
Language of instruction
English
Further comments (probably available only in Czech)
The course is taught annually.
The course is taught: in blocks.
Teacher's information
The course will be taught April 22-26, 2024! This is a one-week block course, there will be 10 lectures á 100 min! (5 days, from Monday to Friday)
The course is also listed under the following terms Spring 2021, Spring 2022, Spring 2023, Spring 2024.
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