Hungarian Review Publishes Fifth Issue in 2018

Washington, DC – The “Hungarian Review”, the English-language affiliate of the bi-monthly journal Magyar Szemle, edited by Gyula Kodolányi and John O’Sullivan, has published its fifth issue for 2018.

On the cover: György Ligeti’s cover drawing for the Festschrift of his late master’s 75th birthday. Schweitzerische Musikzeitung, 1983
© Claudio Veress

Many of the articles in this issue focus on the future of the European Union in the light of the upcoming European parliamentary elections next year as well as current challenges e.g. the crisis in Ukraine and the imminent civilizational collapse of the West.

In his editorial note entitled ‘The Violinist in the Situation Room – Editorial Note on “When someone other than the liberlas have won”‘, John O’Sullivan recommends three articles that in his view will be of particular interest to European duopolists, populist rebels, and “sons seeking to defend their mothers against insult”: “In the light of which, consider first the review by Nicholas T. Parsons of the memoir of the former Greek Finance Minister, Yanis Varoufakis (“Two Cheers for Yannis Varoufakis”), detailing his struggles with the European Union over the so-called Greek bailout. (…) In the second article James Bennett imagines what might happen if Brexit proves to be the first of several cases in which EU member states decide to loosen the EU’s strict and sometimes suffocating bonds and seek new alliances in different patterns of European post-national cooperation (“The Six European Unions of 2030”). (…) David A. J. Reynolds adds the final reflection (“Contemporary Assesment of the 1968 Prague Spring in the Eastern Block – Part II”). In an essay on how the Soviet bloc dealt with the crisis of Czechoslovakia’s Prague Spring, he highlights the astute intervention of Hungary’s János Kádár who, having personally travelled from the brutality and repression of 1956 to the more accommodating strategy of Goulash Communism, gave the assembled leaders of the Soviet bloc some advice flavoured with paprika”.

The ‘Current’ section contains further articles by Alberto Mingardi (“The Poverty of Transfers: On P. T. Bauer and Capital Fundamentalism”); Géza Jeszenszky (“Ukraine’s Conflict with Two of its Neighbors”) and Rod Dreher (“The Civilizational Collapse of the West”). In his essay, Géza Jeszenszky states: “Russia is a great power that possesses nuclear weapons. It cannot be defeated militarily by Ukraine. Ukraine will never acquire allies for an all-out war against Russia. Hungary has lost much more than a Crimea: two thirds of its former territory. The effort to recapture some of it in the Second World War led to the death of one million Hungarian citizens – one tenth of the nation. By today Hungary has acquiesced in the present, unfairly drawn borders, while insisting on respecting the Hungarian identity of those detached from Hungary by the peace treaties. Hungary does not want political let alone military conflict with any of its neighbors on account of the mistreatment of their Hungarian minorities. It trusts that the conventions of the Council of Europe and the implementation of OSCE recommendations will protect those Hungarians. Hungary continues to sympathize with Ukraine in its present conflict with Russia, but expects Ukraine to respect the bilateral treaty of 1991 and to continue to allow the education of its small Hungarian minority in its native tongue. Ukrainians outside the borders of Ukraine would understand that wish.”

The periodical then continues with a ‘Histories’ section with other contributions by Charles Fenyvesi (“The Making of an Ambitious Cosmopolitan”); Attila Balázs (“Daily Fodder for Fate, with Battles and Duels”) and Tibor Várady (“From Goose-Down Peddling and Border Trespassing to Concentration Camp”).

Finally, ‘The Arts’ section features an article by Melinda Berlász (“I love Helvetia So Deeply That I Cannot Forget Kolozsvár” – On the Hungarian Composer Sándor Veress”).

Currently, 46 issues of the Hungarian Review from 2010 through 2018 can be ordered from, or directly from the publisher, or by calling the Coalition office in Washington.

Recent Posts