A History of Hungarian Turanism
Published by: Indiana University Press
For more than two centuries, Hungarians believed they shared an ethnic link with people of Japanese, Bulgarian, Estonian, Finnish, and Turkic descent. Known as "Turanism," this ideology impacts Hungarian politics, science, and cultural and ethnic identity even today.
In Go East!: A History of Hungarian Turanism, Balázs Ablonczy examines the rise of Hungarian Turanism and its lasting effect on the country's history. Turanism arose from the collapse of the Kingdom of Hungary, when the nation's intellectuals began to question Hungary's place in the Western world. The influence of this ideology reached its peak during World War I, when Turanian societies funded research, economic missions, and geographical expeditions. Ablonczy traces Turanism from its foundations through its radicalization in the interwar period, its survival in emigrant circles, and its resurgence during the economic crisis of 2008. Turanian notions can be seen today in the rise of the extreme right-wing party Jobbik and in Hungarian prime minister Viktor Orbán's party Fidesz.
Go East! provides fresh insight into Turanism's key political and artistic influences in Hungary and illuminates the mark it has left on history.
List of Abbreviations
1. A Batch of Bread
2. György Ilosvay Writes a Letter
3. The Moment
4. Silver Age
5. Székelys, Pagans and Hunters
6. Everyday Life and Holidays in Turania
7. Dévény and Tokyo
8. Waiting for the Winds to Change
9. Renaissance and Mannerism
A long-awaited history of Turanism in Hungary that conjures cultural history and politics across two full centuries. A fascinating travel into a key concept of modern Hungary's ideological roots.~Marlene Laruelle, George Washington University
Ablonczy, by using a breathtaking array of sources, has produced the kind of interdisciplinary scholarship that is highly recommended to anyone interested in how and why Hungarians struggled—and continue to struggle—to navigate their place between East and West.~Zsolt Nagy - University of St. Thomas, Austrian History Yearbook