Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars
Sixth Floor Boardroom
June 3, 2008 4:00 - 5:00 PM
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Laszlo Borhi will address the evolution of U.S.–Hungarian relations from 1956-1989 by examining the relationship from both sides. Taking into account political, diplomatic, cultural and economic dynamics, Dr. Borhi will show how U.S.–Hungarian relations—characterized by animosity in the 1950s—had evolved by the late 1980s into perhaps the strongest relationship between the U.S and any satellite state. Borhi will attempt to demonstrate that U.S. policies that promoted gradual change contributed to Hungary’s peaceful development and will argue that policies which encouraged economic and cultural engagement proved to be far more successful than the isolation and liberation rhetoric which characterized U.S. policy towards Hungary in the 1950s.
Laszlo Borhi is a senior research fellow at the Hungarian Academy of Sciences’ Institute of History. He has been a guest professor at several universities including Indiana University, and Dartmouth College and a guest researcher at CWIHP and the Norwegian Nobel Institute. His most recent book written in English is Hungary in the Cold War 1945-1956: Between the Soviet Union and the United States.
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