Budapest: Argumentum/1956-os Intézet, 2006.
(Publications in Hungarian)
The writings brought together in this volume span the last two decades. They provide a kind of cross-section of the themes and subject-areas that have concerned the author over that time. He has been interested in the fates, lives, ways of thinking, and transformations of individuals and groups, and in the changes in the factors decisive to daily life, or more precisely, in who, when, what did what, and how. He sets out to interpret and analyse the background to these things, their manifestations in society, and the operating mechanisms behind them, using various approaches and where possible in an understanding way.
Tibor Valuch describes himself as an inquisitive man. He did not choose contemporary social and arts history as his research field for the great number of discoveries it afforded, but out of a desire to understand the world in which he was born, which has passed, yet continues to influence daily lives today in many respects. What he offers is self-evidently just one interpretation of the socio-historical processes of those times, but if his writings have managed to add more subtlety to the image of recent Hungarian history that is developing, and if they spark relevant debate, his work over the decades will not have been in vain. It is for readers to decide how pertinent his responses have been.
I. Faces and ideas
"Being a democrat" – Notes towards an intellectual portrait of István Bibó
Drawn by radicalism and democracy (Imre Csécsy, 1893–1961)
Is liberal socialism timely – On Oszkár Jászi’s book
On the borders of literature and politics – Notes on Imre Kovács
Citizen of literature – An outline on Aladár Schöpflin
"Hungarian-ness, humanity, freedom" – Notes on Zoltán Szabó
The interpreter of "heresies" – Notes on Vámbéry’s Rusztem
II. 1956 and what followed
"No one died and no one was injured in the revolution" – Crisis and stabilization in Homokmégy in 1956–7
The possible path – The Debrecen Workers’ Councils in 1956
A conflict and its consequences – Questions of analysis of the lives of Fifty-Sixers
The natural history of reprisal – Hajdú–Bihar County at the turn of 1956 and 1957
Agrarian questions and the Hungarian village in 1956–7
III. People and daily life
Was there a socialist society in Hungary?
Private artisans in Hungary in the decades after the Second World War
"There’s been great progress in the building of socialism in our village – The historical peasantry and changes in lifestyle in Hungary in the 1960s
From abundant destitution to destitute abundance – Consumption changes in Hungary in post-1956 decades
"The public supply situation has deteriorated in recent times" – Some attributes of food supply and nutrition in Hungary in the 1950s