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Remains of SocialismMemory and the Futures of the Past in Postsocialist Hungary$
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Maya Nadkarni

Print publication date: 2020

Print ISBN-13: 9781501750175

Published to Cornell Scholarship Online: January 2021

DOI: 10.7591/cornell/9781501750175.001.0001

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The Hole in the Flag

The Hole in the Flag

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Remains of Socialism

Maya Nadkarni

Cornell University Press

This chapter examines two significant attempts to replace the remains of communist history with new democratic content during the first decade of postsocialism. It describes the political battles to claim the revolutionary inheritance of Hungary's failed rebellion against Soviet rule in 1956. The chapter also discusses the commemorative activities of the center-right Fidesz coalition that was in power between 1998 and 2002. In different ways, it analyzes the two democratic attempts' efforts to transform a national community united by pessimism and perceptions of victimhood into a victorious, forward-looking citizenry. But, like the Statue Park Museum, these attempts to create new historical foundations for postsocialist Hungary would also struggle with the recent memory of Kádárism.

Keywords:   communist history, postsocialism, revolutionary inheritance, Soviet rule, Fidesz coalition, Kádárism, postsocialist Hungary

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