Our Ferenc Nagy Prime Minister Research Group was established in 2020 under the leadership of myself and Zoltán Kovács Kozári. My research focuses on the role of Ferenc Nagy and the Hungarian anti-communist émigré community in shaping the political discourse of “Soviet colonialism” in relation to Afro-Asian decolonisation. See our new website at nagyferenc.org.
Check out my latest projects.
The transnational history of Hungarian economic geography and spatial planning in the state-socialist era, 1949-1989
The the aim of this project is to apply recent literature on the geographies of knowledge and policy mobilities with global and transnational history to reveal the international knowledge networks, geopolitical relations and world economic integration strategies that affected Hungarian state-socialist economic geography and spatial planning. This research looks at expert connections both between the center-semiperiphery and the semiperiphery-periphery in order to reevaluate the history of Hungarian state-socialist spatial planning in a transnational perspective.
The Semiperipheral Positioning Politics of the Hungarian Authoritarian Turn
Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán at the 2018 Turkic Council in Cholpon Ata (merce.hu) “We will not become colonies” – so goes the official statement of Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán, who has since 2010 […]
Tracing the Global History of the Quantitative Revolution: The Transnational History of Central Place Theory
My book project is about the global histories of the “quantitative revolution” in geography. The quantitative revolution has been an epochal textbook chapter in geography’s canonical history, when the discipline transformed into a rigorous social science backed by predictive mathematical methods in the early Cold War. An iconic scientific concept of this quantitative movement, most notably related to Walter Christaller (1933) and August Lösch (1939), was central place theory (CPT). With the globalization of the quantitative revolution after its emergence from the Second World War in the United States, location theories such as CPT became widespread in urban and regional planning across the world. How did quantitative spatial analysis and planning develop in different parts of the world? In what different geographical contexts were location theories like CPT read, reinterpreted, applied, and mobilized? How were these often very different contexts connected? This book offers to fill this significant gap in geography’s twentieth century global history by deconstructing the mainstream Anglo-American narrative and tracing the quantitative revolution through the circulation and local applications of CPT in the “Second” and “Third” worlds and into the pre-Cold War era.
A magyar földrajztudomány szovjetizációja
A héten írtam egy kutatási tervet az Állambiztonsági Szolgálatok Történeti Levéltárában végzendő kutatásomhoz, amely az alábbiakban olvasható: Jelen kutatás a kommunista hatalomátvétel és a szovjetizáció hatását vizsgálja a magyar földrajztudományban. Ennek során az érintett geográfusok életpályáival […]