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 third issue for 2018.
On the cover: Portrait of János Vitéz (1408-1472), Archbishop of Esztergom, commissioner of the painted ornaments of the studiolo, on the frint page of Caspar Tribrachus’s Eclogae, with the inscription “Lux Pannoniae”. Photo by courtesy of the National Széchenyi Library, Budapest.
Two of the articles in this issue’s ‘Current’ section focus on the result of the recent Hungarian parliamentary elections held on April 8, 2018. In his article entitled “Parliamentary Elections in Hungary, 2018” Gáspár Gróh warns, that campaigns do not cease when the elections are over. “Indeed a new campaign begins just as the previous one has ended. This time around, in Hungary, the situation is aggravated by the circumstance that we are looking ahead two other rounds of elections within the span of just over one year: one being for the EU legislature, the other local elections. Appeasement is not on the near horizon then. It would be vain to expect the sentiments to subside or hope for an impeding period of calm, peaceful governance and an attendant constructive political rivalry focused on real substantial issues. The campaign psychosis will continue to define public affairs in Hungary for the foreseeable future.” The other article in this topic is by András Lánczi (“The Renewed Social Contract – Hungary’s Elections, 2018”).
The next two additions in the ‘Current’ section focus on Peter T. Bauer, a distinguished Anglo-Hungarian economist, who, according to John O’Sullivan “deserves to be better known in his native land”. These essays are by Václav Klaus (“Resurrecting Peter Bauer in Budapest – Notes for a Conference”) and Anthony Daniels (“Peter Bauer and the Limits of Economic Development”).
This section includes one other article from David Martin Jones (“The New Techtopia or Thomas More Meets Big Data”).
The periodical then continues with an ‘Essays’ section with contributions by Nicholas T. Parsons (“Elected Affinities and Desire for Recognition – Two Books on Europe since 1989”); and Lajos Vékás (“Private Law Codifications through the Lens of Cultural History”.
The ‘Essays’ section is followed by the ‘History’ section which includes articles from Gergely Szilvay (“The Restoration of the Transylvanian Hungarian Aristocrats”) and Norbert Haklik (“The Writer, the Protagonist and the Secret Chronicler – The Challenge of Narration in the Roman-fleuve Danubius Danubia by Thomas Kabdebo”).
Finally, ‘The Arts and Literature’ section features articles by Gordon McKechnie (“Luzhitsy – A Travel Essay”); and Mária Prokopp (“The Renaissance Studiolo in Europe”).