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Liberal Professions and Illiberal Politics: Hungary from the by Mária M. Kovács

By Mária M. Kovács

During this very important new ancient learn, M?ria Kov?cs examines the fight among liberal and anti-Semitic rules between expert groups--doctors, attorneys, engineers--in Hungary. Kov?cs's major emphasis is at the interwar interval while unemployment, growth of the welfare approach, and festival for kingdom jobs throughout the nice melancholy, mixed with crass anti-Semitism at the a part of engineers and scientific institutions, greatly altered formerly liberal regulations of open access and equivalent academic chance. Liberal Professions and intolerant Politics analyzes to what volume those new guidelines have been dictated through authoritarian governments from above and to what volume they originated in the professions themselves. the tale ends with the Holocaust, which sealed the destiny of these pros who had turn into sufferers of persecution lower than the German profession of Hungary.

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Lajos Kossuth, the leader of the radical reform generation of 1848, made the establishment of a technological university a part of the pre-1848 reform plans. His concept was somewhat different from Sze chenyi's; instead of the expansion of lower-grade poly technical education oriented toward agricultural technology and transportation, Kossuth envisaged a technological university that would train experts for Hungary's swift, full-fledged entry into the community of industrial nations. 19 But whatever their long-term views on industrialization, the patronage of technology was common to reformers.

Thereafter, the statesponsored expansion of the school system became a very effective in- Liberalism and Professionalization 17 strument of national integration. 36 With the government's educational policies being based on predominantly secular principles, the traditionally Catholic character of higher education was also modified. Inherited from Habsburg traditions, it had long been a source of irritation for the Protestant part of Hungary's nobility as well as for the Protestants among the urban patriciate.

Another factor blocking the evolution of strong professional associations was straightforwardly political. After the defeat of the 1848 revo lution, Habsburg policies interrupted the emergence of all kinds of associations. In most of the West, it was in the mid-nineteenth century that the proliferation of practitioners and the marketization of services gave rise to that spurt of association in which professionals transformed their local guilds into powerful national associations with powers to regulate access, competition, and ethical and professional rules.

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