Hungarian Scientific Research Fund (OTKA)

Utolsó módosítás: 2016. január 04.

Exploration and Social Historiographical Analysis of Members of the Hungarian Parliament in the Age of Dualism


The research topic was formulated by both senior and young historians who in the last couple of years have dealt with the history of parliamentarianism. It is one of the great hiatus of the Hungarian social and political historiography that there is no precise data available about the political elite of dualism. While there is a growing number of publications about the Members of the Parliament (MPs) in the first half of the 19th century, politicians of the other half (1865-1918) did not feature in any modern political almanac. Thus, the goal of our research project is to create both the historical anthology of the Hungarian Parliament and an almanac of the Chamber of Representatives' and active Upper House members. In the first 4 years (the first research cycle) these tasks, namely the full historical anthology and the first volume of the almanac, are to be completed.


The study of parliamentarianism, of political parties, deputies, etc. goes a long way back and has been a topic of research in various disciplines, such as social and political history, political science, political sociology or historical sociology. Perspectives may also vary: from a research on the composition, recruitment and transformation of political elites that has tried to clarify the social structures and social mobility to a research on education and training, social origins and position, values, etc. has tried to explain the attitudes and reasoning underlying the actions of political elites. Since the main sources for research on political elites are biographical data, the most frequently used method — in our study as well — is the prosopography.


Project leader:

  • József Pap (Dr. habil., PhD, Eszterházy Károly University of Applied Sciences)

Senior Researchers:

  • Judit Pál (Dr. habil., PhD, Babeș–Bolyai University)
  • Levente Püski (Dr. habil., PhD, University of Debrecen)
  • Iván Bertényi Junior (PhD, Hungarian Academy of Sciences, Research Center for the Humanities, Institute of History, ELTE)
  • Ákos Szendrei (PhD, University of Debrecen)

Junior Researchers:

  • Veronika Tóth-Barbalics (PhD Candidate, Hungarian Agricultural Museum)
  • Péter Gerhard (PhD Candidate, Budapest Municipal Archives)
  • Zsuzsa Sidó (PhD Candidate, Central European University)
  • Dániel Ballabás (PhD Candidate, Eszterházy Károly University of Applied Sciences)

Research goals

  • Making an accurate list and publishing an archontology about the politicians who held positions in the Hungarian parliament between 1865 and 1918;
  • Publishing a volume about the members of the parliament written by acknowledged experts of the research group;
  • Completing the first volume of the almanac and soon preparing for the following series;
  • Holding regular workshops and organizing conferences about methodological issues and publishing schedules;
  • Hosting a closing conference with international researchers in order to share the findings and preparing for an international cooperation about the history of parliamentarianism.

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