Acculturation and Occupation: A Study of the 1956 Hungarian by S. Alexander Weinstock

By S. Alexander Weinstock

The plans for this research have been formulated among 1956 and 1958. For it slow then, I were attracted to the strategies of private and social lodging and within the elements that have been answerable for resistance to alter. whereas a graduate scholar at Columbia collage at the moment, i used to be additionally affiliated with a multidisciplinary study crew at Cornell college clinical schools learning the reactions of individuals of varied cultural and social backgrounds to occasions of rigidity. The Hungarian refugees have been one of many teams being studied. I hence determined to adopt a research of the method of acculturation, the Hungarian refugees offering an awesome inhabitants. i didn't count on to come across any severe problems. take into account that, the paintings used to be beset with each type of hassle, monetary, conceptual, etc., that typically accompanies learn tasks. it's only now, greater than a decade later, that i'm in a position to current my findings of their ultimate shape. i'm happy to have this chance to precise my in­ debtedness to the numerous those that made thIS research attainable. i've been lucky in having lecturers, colleagues, and pals, an identical individual, who helped me within the formula usually all in of the matter, provided encouragement alongside each step, and taught me the very talents i used to be to use.

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He pleaded guilty to most of the charges at a show-trial and was sentenced to life imprisonment. The trial took place in an a tmosphere of tension, terror, and propagandizing. The trial was obviously intended to show the people that the Communist party would not tolerate any opposition, even from a very influential source, and that the party was able to break any man, even one with the deepest spiritual resources. After the elections of August 20, I949, Hungary was officially proclaimed a dictatorship of the proletariat.

The Communists suffered an even greater failure in their efforts to win over the intelligentsia. Like the aristocracy in the court of an absolute monarch in the old days of the Empire, artists, writers, and scholars were regarded as the top of the social hierarchy. As work incentives, they were granted travel fellowships within the Soviet orbit or residence for a year or two in a "home of creation" located in the most magnificient of the former castles. Artists and writers recognized by the Committee on Credentials received numerous commissions.

These losses were one of the major causes of the economic difficulties with which Hungary was to struggle during the period between the two world wars and even during the period of the post-World War II Communists. For economic and strategic reasons, the Treaty of Trianon also ceded some two and one half million Magyars to the various successor states. This transfer was the most important single determining factor in Hungarian foreign policy during the period of the regency of Horthy, I920-I944.

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