University of Szeged

Department of Contemporary History
Routledge Publishing has announced that A Social History of Twentieth-Century Europe by Béla Tomka had been selected for "Choice Outstanding Academic Titles of 2013" list. Two books received this award out of the Routledge history titles published in the last year.
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The recent issue of the ISHA Newsletter (no. 2, 2013) has been published. From the contents:
- Social History and Global History by Peter N. Stearns
- “Social history is almost like a public forum” – Interview with Hartmut Kaelble
- A Brief Guide to the European Social Science History Conference (ESSHC) Program by Christian De Vito
- Workshop on Global Labour History by Christian De Vito
- European Labour History Network Meeting by Astrid Verburg
- A New Journal with Flavour of Social History: The Hungarian Historical Review

Béla Tomka’s latest book, entitled "A Social History of Twentieth-Century Europe” has been published by Routledge (London and New York, 2013, 552 pp).

"Over the years I have seen many studies on the social history of twentieth-century Europe, but this one clearly stands out. Béla Tomka’s is, to my knowledge, the first serious attempt to fully integrate all the continent’s regions, while strongly relying on comparisons. This sophisticated and multifaceted synthesis is a magnum opus which deserves a very wide readership." - Marcel van der Linden, International Institute of Social History, The Netherlands

"Béla Tomka has produced a very convincing and impressive social historical synthesis of Europe between World War I and the present. Eastern Europe is not a mere appendix to a basically West European story, but gets its fair share of attention and erudition. The book is written in a highly reflective spirit with much sense for comparative approaches. On the basis of an excellent knowledge of the research literature in several languages, it offers a very readable and fully reliable introduction into the major fields of present-day social history. At the same time it relates to fundamental questions of European modernity, conflicts and identity, in an original way." - Jürgen Kocka, Wissenschaftszentrum Berlin für Sozialforschung, Germany

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A new journal has been published by the Institute of History, Hungarian Academy of Sciences. The first issue of The Hungarian Historical Review focuses on urban history, while the second one is devoted to aspects of East Central European migration history. Béla Tomka has been invited to the Editorial Board of The Hungarian Historical Review.