The Places of Memory in a Square of Monuments: Conceptions of Past, Freedom and History at Szabadság Tér

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Publication date

2012

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E-Journal of the American Hungarian Educators Association;5 (8)

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American Hungarian Educators Association (AHEA)

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Abstract

In this paper I try to approach contemporary Hungarian political culture through an analysis of the history of changing monuments at Szabadság Tér in Budapest. The paper has as its point of origin a protest/irredentist monument facing the present Soviet liberation monument. In order to understand this irredentist monument, I look into the meaning of the earlier irredentist monuments under Horthy and try to see what monuments were torn down under Communism and which ones remained. I further argue that changes in the other monuments also affect the meaning of the others. From this background I enter into a brief interpretation of changes in memory culture in relation to changes in political culture. The conclusions point toward the fact that Hungary is actively pursuing a cleansing of its past in public spaces, and that this process is reflected in an increased acceptance of political authoritarianism

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  • http://hdl.handle.net/10642/1820