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Voices of the Churches, Voices of the Nationalities

Competing Loyalties in the Upper House of the Hungarian Parliament (1867 - 1918)

Andreea Dăncilă-Ineoan, Marius Eppel and Ovidiu-Emil Iudean

The volume directs its focus to the House of Magnates in the Hungarian Parliament. There, the Churches were granted voices through the inclusion of higher clergymen who stood for the confessions institutionalized in Transleithania. These clergymen gave voice not only to the concerns of their particular denomination, but also to the worries of the nationalities which took cover under the spiritual shepherd’s mantle. Therefore, the political roles that they assumed as members of the Upper House entailed the handling of multiple loyalties: towards the state, their national groups, or their own Churches. The parliamentary discourses they produced provide a chronicle of the political exercise in this environment and also allow a better understanding of the modernization of Dualist Hungary.

House of Magnates — Hungarian Parliament — National minorities — Church —Ecclesiastical elite— Civil marriage — Free exercise of religion — Educational legislation