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Hungary and Romania Beyond National Narratives

Comparisons and Entanglements


Edited By Anders Blomqvist, Constantin Iordachi and Balazs Trencsenyi

This volume explores bilateral relations between Romania and Hungary and examines the entangled history of their two peoples. Going beyond traditional nation-centred narratives, the contributors approach the shared pasts of Romanians and Hungarians within a transnational research framework.
Writing the history of Romania and Hungary within a unitary framework, rather than in isolation, allows for a more complete illustration of the complex history of the East-Central European region. This volume attempts to transcend the overlapping and often conflicting narratives of these two nations by looking for common theoretical and methodological ground on which to write the rich history of Romanian-Hungarian relations. The volume also seeks to test the relevance of the paradigm of transnational history for the study of Central Europe. The contributors employ recent theoretical and methodological tools provided by various forms of transnational research, such as the history of transfers, shared or entangled history, and histoire croisée. By offering a multi-perspective insight into the entangled histories of Romania and Hungary, this volume acts as a test case for comparative history, on a par with the better-known case of the shared past of France and Germany. It therefore contributes to the broader effort to re-think and re-narrate East-Central European regional history, and also all-European history, from an integrated transnational perspective.
Anders E. B. Blomqvist is a doctoral student at the Baltic and East European Graduate School (BEEGS) at Södertörn University. His research interests include the historiography and modern social and economic history of East-Central Europe, with a particular focus on Hungarian, Romanian and Transylvanian economic nationalism.
Constantin Iordachi is Associate Professor of History at Central European University, Budapest, and co-director of the Pasts Inc. Center for Historical Studies. His research and teaching focuses on comparative approaches to historical research, totalitarianism and mass politics, and nationalism and citizenship in Central and South-East Europe.
Balázs Trencsényi is Associate Professor in the Department of History at Central European University, Budapest, and co-director of the Pasts Inc. Center for Historical Studies. His main field of interest is the history of political thought in East-Central Europe.