Hungary 1930 and the Forgotten History of a Mass Protest

Author(s): DENT, Bob
ISBN13/Barcode: 9780850366594
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This study sketches the political history of the Hungarian labour movement from the late 19th century to the 1920s, and the build-up to the 1930 protest. Why did such a big demonstration take place? How did it come about? What happened on 1 September 1930. What was the reaction to police repression? Bob Dent reviews records in newspapers and brings together recollections of some who participated in the events. The demonstration of 1 September 1930 was organised by the Social Democratic Party of Hungary and its associated trade unions. But after 1945 the communists claimed the demonstration as ‘their own’, appropriating its history and fusing it, quite wrongly, with the history of the Hungarian Communist Party. Bob Dent relates how the story was told both in the Rákosi era, (1948-56) and later in the era of Kádár, (1957-88), and there is a brief overview of labour movement politics in Hungary in the years since 1930.
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In September 100,000 workers, employed and unemployed, marched through Budapest under the slogan ‘Work and Bread!’ There were serious clashes with the police using swords and, at one point, firing into the crowd. Many were injured and one person was killed. This study sketches the political history of the Hungarian labour movement from the late 19th century to the 1920s, and the build-up to the 1930 protest. Why did such a big demonstration take place? How did it come about? What happened on 1 September 1930. What was the reaction to police repression? Bob Dent reviews records in newspapers and brings together recollections of some who participated in the events. The demonstration of 1 September 1930 was organised by the Social Democratic Party of Hungary and its associated trade unions. But after 1945 the communists claimed the demonstration as ‘their own’, appropriating its history and fusing it, quite wrongly, with the history of the Hungarian Communist Party. Bob Dent relates how the story was told both in the Rákosi era, (1948-56) and later in the era of Kádár, (1957-88), and there is a brief overview of labour movement politics in Hungary in the years since 1930.

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ISBN13/Barcode 9780850366594
ISBN10 0850366593
Author DENT, Bob
Binding Paperback
Date Published 20 Apr 2012
Frequency No
Report Date N/A
Pages 178
Publisher Merlin Press

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