March 15, The Birthday of the Nation

Much as with theological modes of thought, secular religion presumes the need for a “beginning.” Of course, the beginning is not historical reality in the literal sense, but rather an image which may have a foundation in actual events, and the legitimacy or function of which is to provide a point in time for the moment of birth and endow history with symbolic power. The designated day does not suffice in itself, it has to be validated by the full historical process. Therefore it has potential spiritual power which singles it out for commemoration. In the case of the nation-religion forming in Hungary during the first half of the nineteenth century, March 15 was to become this day.

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A National Fable: The Case of the House of Árpád

One of most significant intellectual phenomena in European history starting from the eighteenth century is the way evolving national consciousnesses function and the presence of nationalism that developed thereof. In Hungarian history and historiography this multifaceted development began in the nineteenth century.

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Nationalist Illusionism

In my opinion nationalism is a nation-religion. Nation-religion is an outgrowth of the Judeo-Christian culture. It is a secular religion.

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The following papers and my book’s chapters are offered as a taster of my professional output grouped around three subject areas:

The Austro-Hungarian Monarchy

Hungarian national identity, history and symbolic politics


Places of my professional work: