Chosen Nation. The Life and Oeuvre of Henrik Marczali#

A new publication by Iván Zoltán Dénes, member of the History and Archaeology section of Academia Europaea.

Henrik Marczali was the first non-Cambridge author of a monograph published by University Press, Cambridge (Hungary in the Eighteenth Century. 1910,2014, 2015).

He was born in 1856 in a small Hungarian settlement as Heinrich Morgenstern, as a son of rabbi Mihály Morgenstern and one of seven children. His graduate studies led him to Berlin (Georg Waitz), Paris (Gabriel Monod) and Oxford (William Stubbs). He published the first professional monographs and syntheses of Hungarian and European history and built up the curriculum of historians at Budapest University until 1919 when he was expelled by right wing extremists. He died in 1940.

The monograph focused on Marczali's socialization, master-narrative, his lectures and seminars, reinterpretation of history during the WW1, his social activity, everyday life, his family, his Jewish connection throughout his whole life, the main characteristics of his identity, and the reception of his oeuvre.

George Peabody Gooch writes in his "History and Historians of the Nineteenth Century" (Longmans, Green and Company, London, 1913. p. 434):

It was not however, till the appearance of Marczali that Hungarian historiography broke the shackles of a narrow patriotism. His popular sketch of the development of the Hungarian people and his works on Hungary under Maria Theresa and her sons represent the highest achievement of Magyar scholarship. The need of today is not a new national history but a rich crop of monographs.

Year of publication: 2022
ISBN: 9789634561132
(in Hungarian)
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