Budapest 1900 A Historical Portrait of a City and Its Culture

ISBN-10: 0802132502
ISBN-13: 9780802132505
Edition: N/A
Authors: John Lukacs
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Book details

List price: $17.00
Publisher: Grove/Atlantic, Incorporated
Publication date: 2/1/1994
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 288
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.25" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 0.946
Language: English

"Lukacs's book is a lyrical, sometimes dazzling, never merely nostalgic evocation of a glorious period in the city's history. . . . {His} true sympathy lies . . . not with the famous expatriates, but with the writers and intellectuals who lived and died at home: the poets Endre Ady and Mihaly Babits; the novelists Ferenc Herczeg, Sandor Hunyady, Frigyes Karinthy, Dezso Kosztolanyi, Gyula Krudy, Kalman Mikszath, and Zsigmond Moricz; the political essayist DezsoSzabo; the playwright Erno Szep; the literary historian Antal Szerb; and others. . . . {John Lukacs} sets out to explain Hungarian literature to English-speaking readers. Though I have no idea whether or not he will succeed, few interpreters of Hungarian literature have made a more touching and eloquent attempt." -- The New York Review of Books

John Lukacs is the author of more than twenty books on history.

List of Illustrations
Introduction
Colors, Words, Sounds
The painter Munkacsy's funeral
His rise and fall
The seasons of Budapest
The atmosphere of the city in 1900
Three writers of Budapest in 1900
Krudy's descriptions of the city
Differences between Budapest and Vienna
1900 a turning point in the history of Budapest
The City
Its physical situation
Its districts
Its buildings and architecture
The crowding of the city
Rail, river and road; other communications; public services
Material progress and population increase
The reputation of Budapest abroad
The People
The historical developments of Buda and Pest
Their unification
The "Millennium"
State and conditions of the population in 1900
Bourgeois influences
Culinary habits and changes
Criminality and prostitution
Athletics and sports
The structure of classes; the old nobility; the gentry
the financial aristocracy and the patrician class
Changes in the composition of the wealthy classes
The Jewish population
The working classes
The rigidities of class consciousness
Social mobility
The Magyarization of Budapest
Elements of bourgeois civilization
Relations of the sexes
Financial lightheadedness and probity
Politics and Powers
The Parliament
Rhetorical habits and customs
Nationalist optimism
The worsening of parliamentary behavior
Historical and constitutional development of the Hungarian state
The Compromise of 1867
The political crisis of 1890
The unraveling of the political equilibrium
The fallings of Hungarian prestige abroad
The problem of the nationalities
The decline of Liberalism
The Social Democrats
Anti-Semitism
The new Catholic party and movement
The 1905 elections and the end of the Liberal monopoly in Budapest
The Generation of 1900
The concept of generations
What the Generation of 1900 had in common
Its members
The Budapest schools
The cultural atmosphere
Book publishing
The coffeehouses and their culture
The Budapest press
Literary journals
Hungarian literature in 1900
Writers of the generation of 1900
Three well-known writers abroad
The great writers unknown abroad
The Ady explosion
The populist pioneers
The boulevardier talents
The new painters of the generation
The modern nationalist architects
Bartok and Kodaly
Theatrical and musical culture and the entertainment industry
Retrospective criticism of a generation by Szekfu and others
Its subsequent revision
Seeds of Troubles
Decline of the general equilibrium in 1900
Attacks on Liberalism
The changing condition of the gentry
A new nationalism
Attacks on Budapest
A new variety of anti-Semitism
Left and Right: the symptomatic development of the Society of Social Science
A semblance of prosperity and peace before 1914
Catholicism in Budapest around 1900
The summer of 1914
German ideological and cultural influence
Since Then
Budapest during the First World War
The end of the Austro-Hungarian monarchy and the Budapest October Revolution
The short-lived Radical and Communist governments
The nationalist reaction
The amputation of Hungary
The recovery of the twenties
The shadow of the Third Reich
Budapest during the Second World War
Its German and Russian occupation; the siege of Budapest
Its destruction
Under Communism
The 1956 Rising
The rebuilding of the city
The tourist invasion; Budapest revisited
References
Bibliography
Acknowledgments
Index

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