By Rudolf Andorka, Richard Rose, Gyorgy Vukovich
Covers the long term social, monetary and political adjustments in Hungary from 1945 to 1998.
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The Treaty of Trianon, signed outside Paris in 1920, reduced the population of Hungary from eighteen million in 1910 to eight million in 1920, and two-thirds of the territory of the pre-1914 kingdom was ceded to other countries. Virtually all the non-Magyar territories were transferred to new states, such as Czechoslovakia and Yugoslavia, or to an enlarged Romania, which had fought on the allied side in the First World War. The settlement left substantial Hungarian minorities in Romania, the Slovakian part of Czechoslovakia and in the Vojvodina in the Serbian part of Yugoslavia.
In pre-Trianon Hungary there was even greater religious diversity, with a fifth of the then population Orthodox, Jewish, Moslem or other religions. The analysis of long-term trends in religious denomination and religious commitment by Miklós Tomka and István Harcsa in Chapter 3 shows that the proportion of nominal Catholics has remained at about two-thirds of the Hungarian population since the 1940s, and the Lutheran minority has been more stable in size than the Calvinists. However, the strength of religion varies with the method of measurement: by many criteria, half or less of the Hungarian population today is religious or regular churchgoers.
The liberalization of prices in a command economy was inadequate to prepare Hungary for a market economy (cf. Kornai, 1992). The official economy contracted by 12 per cent in 1991. 5). 3 Election results in Hungary, 1990-8, votes won by each party (%) Source: Table 10 in Chapter 10, supplemented by first-round ballot of May 1998 some post-Communist countries, it was enough to create widespread popular dissatisfaction. By 1993 the new government was in political crisis. The prime minister was challenged by the party's ultra-nationalist right, led by István Csurka, who was expelled with a few parliamentary colleagues.
A Society Transformed: Hungary in Time-Space Perspective by Rudolf Andorka, Richard Rose, Gyorgy Vukovich