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 fourth issue for 2019.
On the cover: Night view of the Marcel Ferencz design for the Budapest Museum of Ethnography. Architectural visualization: AXION visual. © NAPUR Architectual Ltd. Colour plates of Transylvanian architecture were selected by Géza Entz, and photographed by him unless stated otherwise.
The ‘Current’ section of this issue contains two articles analyzing the results of the elections to the European parliament, one written by John O’Sullivan (“Europe Pauses for Reflection – Understanding the Results of the EU Elections”) and another one by András Hajdú (“A New Chance for Central Europe – Results of the 2019 European Parliament Elections and Their Implications for the Visegrád Four”). According to András Hajdú, “the 2019 EP elections resulted in a strengthening of the main governing parties in all the Visegrád countries except Slovakia. The parties of the Czech, Hungarian and Polish prime ministers all came first with a clear lead. In the Visegrád countries, a marked right-wing dominance is observable, with the majority of elected MEPs coming from right-wing parties, and with a few exceptions joining the EP’s right-wing parliamentary groups.”
The ‘Current’ section has further articles by Daniel J. Mahoney (“Cardinal József Mindszenty: Remembering a Hungarian Patriot and Man of Heroic Christian Virtue”); Norman Stone† (“A Quarter Century Behind: Vladimir Bukovsky and English Language Publishing”); Nicholas T. Parsons (“A Stormy Petrel of the Academic Worls – R.I.P. Norman Stone”) and the welcome address of Prime Minister Viktor Orbán at the Prime Ministerial Reception on the Day of Independent Hungary in Budapest, 19 June 2019.
The periodical then continues with an ‘Essays’ section with contributions by János Martonyi (“Geopolitics and World Trade”); David A. J. Reynolds (“Not by Earthly Wisdom: Billy Graham’s 1977 Visit to Hungary in the Context of Church-State Relations – Part II”); and Miklós Kásler (“Parallels and Connections – Hungary and England in the Time of Thomas Becket – Part I”). In his essay, former Hungarian Minister of Foreign Affairs and 2016 Coalition honoree János Martonyi writes: “Geopolitics and global commerce, otherwise referred to simply as “flag and trade” – these are what shape the world. The flag is in fact the sovereign state, the political power and military force that is mustered behind it, and which it embodies; this is why the term flag refers both to the markings on a warship and to the means by which a sovereign power furthers its own interests. This is roughly what geopolitics means. The other element is commerce and the economy in the broader sense. The word “trade” essentially means both commerce and all other economic activity in the broader sense. These two are the main factors shaping what we call the world order, which is the subject of much discussion nowadays.”
The ‘Essays’ section is followed by a section entitled ‘Hungarians Beyond the Borders” that contains articles by Miklós Bakk (“The Hundred-year-old Romanian Nation-state”) and Miklós Bánffy (“The Phoenix Land – Part II”).
Finally, ‘The Arts’ section features articles by István Dárday (“Tribute to Ferenc Pap – Recipient of the LÁSZLÓ KOVÁCS and VILMOS ZSIGMOND Cinematographer Award for Life Achievement”) and an interview by Boglárka Barta with Architect Marcel Ferencz (“Best of the Best – The Design for the New Budapest Museum of Ethnography”).