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John C. Swanson is associate professor of history at Utica College in upstate New York. He received his BA from Boston University in music and political science in 1987 and his PhD from the University of Minnesota in 1996. His book, The Remnants of the Habsburg Monarchy: The Shaping of Modern Austria and Hungary, 1918-1922 was published by East European Monographs in 2001 and is currently under contract to be published in Hungarian by Gondolat Press. He also co-edited two anthologies, Modern Europe: Sources and Perspectives from History (2003) and Nineteenth Century Europe: Sources and Perspectives from History (2007), both published by Longman Publishers. His current research focuses on the making of the German minority in twentieth-century Hungary, and he has published articles in English and German on this subject. The project has been supported by IREX, Fulbright-Hays, and the Humboldt Foundation. At the moment he is working on a book-length manuscript concerning the struggle over being German in rural Hungary and a documentary film about the sense of Heimat and belonging for Hungarian-German refugees and expellees from the village of Máriakéménd.