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McDonaldization and individual research plans
May 26, 2021

McDonaldization and individual research plans

At the last Zoom meeting of the semester, Katalin Baráth (sitting in front of a neatly chosen background) summarised the phenomenon of McDonaldization that was followed by a lively debate. After this, all of us reviewed our publication and research plans for the upcoming 12 months.

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Key thinkers and major debates 3
April 28, 2021

Key thinkers and major debates 3

During our April Zoom-based meeting, Gábor Koloh summed up Anthony Giddens’s major thoughts on sociology and globalization. Then Melinda Kalmár presented the next chapter of the major dabates, titled World systems and empires. At last, we discussed the actualities of the research group’s work plan for the current and the next year.

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Key thinkers and major debates 2
March 31, 2021

Key thinkers and major debates 2

In our March online meeting, Katalin Baráth presented Arjun Appadurai’s career and his main thoughts on globalization. Regarding the major debates, Márton Simonkay gave us an insight to Global  environmental protection. Both topic provoked a lively debate. Finally, the possibilities of a stronger media appearence of our research group were overviewed.

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Globalization: key thinkers and major debates
February 24, 2021

Globalization: key thinkers and major debates

During our meeting in February, we kept on discussing the key thinkers and major debates of globalization. Péter Bencsik talked about the career and globalization writings of Giovanni Arrighi (see image). Later, Béla Tomka had a presentation titled Main areas of the debate. Finally, we talked about the topics of our planned writings for the journal BBC History.

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A two-day manuscript discussion
January 28, 2021

A two-day manuscript discussion

The first meeting in the new year was an extraordinary one. On the one hand, it lasted for two days, and on the other hand we had special guests. We started with the discussion of Melinda Kalmár‘s working paper. However, the main topic of the long session was the thematic issue of Korall, dealing with history of the globalization. One of our guests was Judit Klement, an editor of the journal. Manuscripts of Péter Bencsik, Gábor Koloh, Péter Nagy, Melinda Kalmár, Katalin Baráth and Zsombor Bódy were debated, just as the study of our other two guests, Máté Zombory and Márk Kékesi.

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Péter Bencsik’s article on the pages of the European Review of History
December 10, 2020

Péter Bencsik’s article on the pages of the European Review of History

The article of our colleague, Péter Bencsik, entitled ‘The New Borders as Local Economic Possibility? The case of post-1920 Hungary’, examining borders and smuggling after 1920, appears in the thematic issue of the European Review of History on the dissolution of the Habsburg Empire. The abstract is available here.

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Publication plans and manuscripts
December 3, 2020

Publication plans and manuscripts

Our November meeting – still in an online form – took place in December. First we discussed Katalin Baráth‘s study which is being prepared for the history of globalization thematic issue of Korall. Later on, our publication plans were outlined, including the coming issues of our HistGlob Working Paper series. The second issue will be published soon by Zsombor Bódy. Next year, Melinda Kalmár will write a longer study to be published in the series in two parts.

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A social history of Europe – reconsidered
November 8, 2020

A social history of Europe – reconsidered

A fully revised and updated edition of Béla Tomka’s book titled A social history of Europe in the 20th century has been published. In addition to giving a comprehensive knowledge, the book presents many interesting social problems, including those from the current century. The author pays special attention to the problem of the diversity and unity of European societies, and to international comparisons, including the social development of Hungary.

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Key thinkers and Working Papers series
November 4, 2020

Key thinkers and Working Papers series

Our October meeting was held in November and again on a web-based platform. Continuing the introduction of the key thinkers of globalization, Zsombor Bódy summarized the work of Manuel Castells. Our new publication series called HistGlob Working Papers, will be launched in the near future. The first issue will feature a study by Péter Bencsik, which we discussed in depth during today’s session.

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Online meetings continued
September 30, 2020

Online meetings continued

Our September session also took place online. We have started to introduce the key thinkers of globalization. This time Márkus Keller talked about Saskia Sassen. Later on, we discussed the next-year issue of the social history journal, Korall, which will be a thematic issue presenting the studies of our research group. Among the authors, Péter Nagy and Péter Bencsik has already outlined their plans about these future studies.

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