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8 Research in Hungarian Archives on Post-1945 History

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Since 1989, research on the post-1945 period has been transformed. Access for all scholars has greatly improved over the past decade. The collapse of state socialism and growing distance even from the Kádár era means that the post-1945 period can be investigated as history. A large number of historians, both Hungarian and international, have taken advantage of the new climate to reshape our understanding of the period. Research into the politics of the Rákosi and early Kádár years have proved popular, as have investigations into the 1956 Revolution, and cultural policy. Although there are incredible opportunities for the historian seeking to work in Hungarian archives to consult materials generated in the post-1945 period. This chapter provides a brief survey of some of the most important obstacles confronting the researcher based on one own experience, gathered during the last five years, of research in Hungarian public collections.

Keywords: cultural policy; Hungarian archives; politics; socialism



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