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Remains of Socialism: Memory and the Futures of the Past in Postsocialist Hungary

Maya Nadkarni


This book investigates the changing fates of the socialist past in postsocialist Hungary. The book introduces the concept of “remains”—both physical objects and cultural remainders—to analyze all that Hungarians sought to leave behind after the end of state socialism. Spanning more than two decades of postsocialist transformation, the book follows Hungary from the optimism of the early years of transition to its recent right-wing turn toward illiberal democracy. The book analyzes remains that range from exiled statues of Lenin to the socialist-era “Bambi” soda, and from discredited official hi ... More

Keywords: postsocialist Hungary, state socialism, postsocialist transformation, illiberal democracy, remains

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2020 Print ISBN-13: 9781501750175
Published to Cornell Scholarship Online: January 2021 DOI:10.7591/cornell/9781501750175.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Maya Nadkarni, author
Swarthmore College