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Lendvai, Paul 1929-

Overview
Works: 113 works in 449 publications in 6 languages and 6,875 library holdings
Genres: History  Biography  Conference papers and proceedings  Church history  Interviews 
Roles: Author, Editor, Interviewee, Contributor, Interviewer, Other, Performer
Classifications: DR48.5, 914.706924
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Most widely held works by Paul Lendvai
The Hungarians : a thousand years of victory in defeat by Paul Lendvai( Book )

28 editions published between 1999 and 2014 in 4 languages and held by 782 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The Hungarians is the most comprehensive, clear-sighted, and absorbing history ever of a legendarily proud and passionate but lonely people. Much of Europe once knew them as "child-devouring cannibals" and "bloodthirsty Huns." But it wasn't long before the Hungarians became steadfast defenders of the Christian West and fought heroic freedom struggles against the Tatars (1241), the Turks (16-18th centuries), and, among others, the Russians (1848-49 and 1956). Paul Lendvai tells the fascinating story of how the Hungarians, despite a string of catastrophes and their linguistic and cultural isolation, have survived as a nation-state for more than 1,000 years. Lendvai, who fled Hungary in 1957, traces Hungarian politics, culture, economics, and emotions from the Magyars' dramatic entry into the Carpathian Basin in 896 to the brink of the post-Cold War era. Hungarians are ever pondering what being Hungarian means and where they came from. Yet, argues Lendvai, Hungarian national identity is not only about ancestry or language but also an emotional sense of belonging. Hungary's famous poet-patriot, Sándor Petofi, was of Slovak descent, and Franz Liszt felt deeply Hungarian though he spoke only a few words of Hungarian. Through colorful anecdotes of heroes and traitors, victors and victims, geniuses and imposters, based in part on original archival research, Lendvai conveys the multifaceted interplay, on the grand stage of Hungarian history, of progressivism and economic modernization versus intolerance and narrow-minded nationalism. He movingly describes the national trauma inflicted by the transfer of the historic Hungarian heartland of Transylvania to Romania under the terms of the Treaty of Trianon in 1920--a trauma that the passing of years has by no means lessened. The horrors of Nazi and Soviet Communist domination were no less appalling, as Lendvai's restrained account makes clear, but are now part of history. An unforgettable blend of eminent readability, vibrant humor, and meticulous scholarship, The Hungarians is a book without taboos or prejudices that at the same time offers an authoritative key to understanding how and why this isolated corner of Europe produced such a galaxy of great scientists, artists, and entrepreneurs
Eagles in cobwebs; nationalism and communism in the Balkans by Paul Lendvai( Book )

25 editions published between 1969 and 1970 in English and Undetermined and held by 749 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The bureaucracy of truth : how Communist governments manage the news by Paul Lendvai( Book )

10 editions published between 1981 and 1988 in English and held by 652 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Anti-Semitism without Jews; Communist Eastern Europe by Paul Lendvai( Book )

14 editions published between 1971 and 1973 in 4 languages and held by 636 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

An account of the anti-Semitic feelings in Eastern Europe, particularly the Communist countries, since World War II. The author traces the roots of the anti-Semitic--anti-Zionist prejudice and describes it as a political weapon
One day that shook the Communist world : the 1956 Hungarian uprising and its legacy by Paul Lendvai( Book )

16 editions published between 2006 and 2010 in English and held by 532 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

On October 23, 1956, a popular uprising against Soviet rule swept through Hungary like a force of nature, only to be mercilessly crushed by Soviet tanks twelve days later. Only now, fifty years after those harrowing events, can the full story be told. This book is a powerful eyewitness account and a gripping history of the uprising in Hungary that heralded the future liberation of Eastern Europe. Paul Lendvai was a young journalist covering politics in Hungary when the uprising broke out. He knew the government officials and revolutionaries involved. He was on the front lines of the student protests and the bloody street fights and he saw the revolutionary government smashed by the Red Army. In this riveting, deeply personal, and often irreverent book, Lendvai weaves his own experiences with in-depth reportage to unravel the complex chain of events leading up to and including the uprising, its brutal suppression, and its far-reaching political repercussions in Hungary and neighboring Eastern Bloc countries. He draws upon exclusive interviews with Russian and former KGB officials, survivors of the Soviet backlash, and relatives of those executed. He reveals new evidence from closed tribunals and documents kept secret in Soviet and Hungarian archives. Lendvai's breathtaking narrative shows how the uprising, while tragic, delivered a stunning blow to Communism that helped to ultimately bring about its demise. One Day That Shook the Communist World is the best account of these unprecedented events
Hungary : between democracy and authoritarianism by Paul Lendvai( Book )

19 editions published between 2010 and 2012 in English and German and held by 285 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

How has Hungary, a country once in the vanguard of political and economic reform under Communism, become a chilling example of the new threats confronting democracy in Central Europe? The return of Hungary's demons of the past - nationalism, ethnic hatred, deeply-rooted corruption and authoritarian tendencies - has engendered international concern. Since winning a two-thirds majority in parliament in the spring of 2010, the dynamic right-wing populist Prime Minister Viktor Orban has embarked on a sweeping and ruthless concentration of power and has sought to reshape the state in his own image. A new constitution and a sweeping series of laws and decrees - radical changes in the judicial and electoral system and the dismantling of constitutional safeguards ensuring the autonomy of the executive branch and the freedom of the media - seem destined to ensure a long-term hegemony of the far right. Meanwhile a campaign of vituperative nationalist rhetoric and the granting of voting rights to 2.5 million ethnic Hungarians living in neighbouring countries are bound to increase tensions in this volatile corner of Europe. Lendvai offers readers an unsparing and dispassionate account, based on his intimate personal knowledge of Hungary's major political figures and its political culture, of the turbulent events since the collapse of the Communist regime which affect not only Hungary, but also the political and economic stability of the Danube basin
Antisemitism in eastern Europe by Paul Lendvai( Book )

11 editions published between 1971 and 1972 in English and Undetermined and held by 143 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Hungary : the art of survival by Paul Lendvai( Book )

8 editions published in 1988 in English and Undetermined and held by 138 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Les fonctionnaires de la vérité : l'information dans les pays de l'Est by Paul Lendvai( Book )

23 editions published between 1980 and 1984 in 5 languages and held by 134 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Religionsfreiheit und Menschenrechte : Bilanz und Aussicht( Book )

10 editions published in 1983 in German and held by 106 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Der Ungarnaufstand 1956 : die Revolution und ihre Folgen by Paul Lendvai( Book )

13 editions published between 2006 and 2009 in 3 languages and held by 89 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

ZUM 50. JAHRESTAG DES UNGARN-AUFSTANDS. Historische Darstellung, politische Bewertung und persönlicher Erlebnisbericht. Der Publizist Paul Lendvai floh 1956 nach der Niederschlagung des Ungarn-Aufstands aus seiner Heimat. 50 Jahre später blickt er zurück und erkennt die ungarische Tragödie als Ausgangspunkt für die spätere Befreiung Osteuropas. "Der Vater wurde geohrfeigt wie ein Kind, geprügelt wie ein Pferd, in ihrer Not schlugen sie ihn auf die Nieren, dann systematisch auf den Körper." Fast 50 Jahre nach der Niederschlagung des Ungarn-Aufstands entdeckte der ungarische Schriftsteller Péter Esterházy, dass sein Vater Fürst Esterházy, unter den Schlägen des Kadar-Regimes innerlich zerbrach. Auch für den renommierten Publizisten Paul Lendvai ist der ungarische Volksaufstand, den er hautnah erlebte, gegenwärtig. In seinem neuen Buch verbindet er seine persönliche Geschichte mit den historischen Hintergründen und den politischen Konsequenzen. Ausgehend von den eigenen Erlebnissen, ergänzt durch Berichte Überlebender, Aussagen in Geheimprozessen und anhand von Protokollen aus Partei und Regierung rekonstruiert Lendvai den Aufstand, der am 23. Oktober 1956 wie ein politisches Naturereignis das Land erfasste und das System von sowjetischer Fremdherrschaft und ungarischen Helfershelfern mit elementarer Kraft hinwegfegte. Er verfolgt den Weg des Aufstands bis zum Zusammenbruch, protokolliert die blutige Abrechnung mit Ministerpräsident Imre Nagy und allen Wegbereitern, den Rachefeldzug des Kadar-Regimes und die Folgen für den ungarischen "Gulaschkommunismus". Sein Fazit: Der Ungarn-Aufstand war eine historische Zäsur für das Europa des 20. Jahrhunderts. Er war die Vorhut jener Umwälzungen in Prag 1967, in Warschau 1981 und für die ungarische Grenzöffnung 1989, die zum Zusammenbruch des Ostblocks führten und das Gesicht Europas entscheidend veränderten
Die Grenzen des Wandels : Spielarten des Kommunismus im Donauraum by Paul Lendvai( Book )

8 editions published in 1977 in 3 languages and held by 84 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

National tensions in Yugoslavia by Paul Lendvai( Book )

6 editions published in 1972 in English and Undetermined and held by 77 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Das einsame Albanien : Reportage aus dem Land der Skipetaren by Paul Lendvai( Book )

10 editions published between 1985 and 1986 in German and held by 72 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

L'Europe des Balkans après Staline : entre nationalisme et communisme by Paul Lendvai( Book )

13 editions published in 1972 in French and German and held by 71 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Kreisky Porträt eines Staatsmannes by Paul Lendvai( Book )

8 editions published between 1972 and 1974 in German and held by 61 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Zwischen Hoffnung und Ernüchterung : Reflexionen über den Wandel in Osteuropa by Paul Lendvai( Book )

12 editions published in 1994 in German and held by 59 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Das eigenwillige Ungarn : Innenansichten eines Grenzgängers by Paul Lendvai( Book )

5 editions published in 1986 in German and held by 58 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Antisemitismus ohne Juden : Entwicklungen u. Tendenzen in Osteuropa by Paul Lendvai( Book )

6 editions published in 1972 in German and held by 47 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Der rote Balkan; zwischen Nationalismus und Kommunismus by Paul Lendvai( Book )

8 editions published between 1968 and 1969 in German and Undetermined and held by 44 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

 
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The Hungarians : a thousand years of victory in defeat
Alternative Names
Lendvai 1929-

Lendvai 1929- Pál

Lendvai, Pál, 1929-

Lendvai Pál író

Paul Lendvai Hongaars televisiepresentator

Paul Lendvai Hungarian-born Austrian writer

לנדוואי, פול

לנדוי, פול

パウル・レンドヴァイ

パウルレンドヴァイ

パウルレンドヴァイ 1929-

レンドヴァイ, パウル

Languages
English (126)

German (124)

French (23)

Hungarian (13)

Japanese (2)

Hebrew (2)

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One day that shook the Communist world : the 1956 Hungarian uprising and its legacyHungary : the art of survivalInside Austria : new challenges, old demons