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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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Remains of Socialism

Maya Nadkarni

Cornell University Press

This chapter discusses the transformations in Hungary's politics of memory since the 2010 return to power of Fidesz, which has become a right-wing populist party. It talks about how Fidesz hailed its electoral victory that enabled Hungary to finally achieve transition and leave the socialist past behind. Yet critics of Fidesz argue that beneath the government's anticommunist rhetoric lie authoritarian policies that have turned back the clock on many of Hungary's postsocialist democratic transformations. The chapter also examines Fidesz's recent attempts to redefine Hungary's political and memorial landscape. It explains how both Fidesz and its opponents ironically revived the threat of socialist remains in order to warn the present of impending danger.

Keywords:   Fidesz, socialism, anticommunism, postsocialist Hungary, democratic, right-wing populist party

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