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Mr Tamas Revesz
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  • Research Fellow in Hungarian History

I have joined SSEES for one year on 1 June as a postdoctoral research fellow on the project ‘Europe’s Last Peasant War: Violence and Revolution in Austria-Hungary and its Successors, 1917-1945.’ I completed my first MA degree in social and economic history at the Eötvös Loránd University in Budapest and my second in War Studies at King’s College London. I earned my PhD in 2018 from the University of Vienna with the thesis on the demobilization and remobilization of the Habsburg veterans in 1918-1919 in Austria and Hungary from a comparative perspective. Before coming to SSEES, I have been a postdoctoral research fellow at the Research Centre for Humanities, Institute of History in Budapest. My research project in the institute concentrating on the Hungarian veterans of WWI in the interwar period.    

Research Summary

I am a historian of Central Europe, particularly of the successor states of the Habsburg Monarchy in the early and mid-20th centuries. I am especially interested in the social and cultural history of warfare in the region. My research has been focusing on the borderland conflicts of Austria and Hungary, in Burgenland, Carinthia and Transylvania. I am interested in the motivation and mindset of the ‘common man’ who participated in these conflicts and the mythologies of these wars developed in the mid-20th century. So far I have published articles on the subject in the First World War Studies, International Encyclopedia of the First World War, Südost-Forschungen, Contemporary European History (forthcoming) and Hungarian Historical Review (forthcoming).   

My first book Nem akartak katonát látni? A magyar állam és hadserege 1918-1919-ben (Don’t they want to see soldiers anymore? The Hungarian state and its army in 1918-1919) was published in 2019. The book investigates the transformation of the Habsburg armed forces in Hungary after WWI. It analysis the demobilization of Austro-Hungarian soldiers from a below perspective and examines how could the Hungarian Soviet regime mobilize a large part of the Hungarian population in its post-war borderland conflicts. The book was awarded the 2020 Benda Gyula Prize by the István Hajnal Association for Social and Cultural History.

Currently, I am researching the peasants’ attitudes towards the Hungarian Soviet Republic in 1919 in the framework of AHRC research project 'Europe's Last Peasant War: Violence and Revolution in Austria-Hungary and its Successors, 1917-1945'. Together with the project leader Dr Jakub Beneš, we are examining the shifting mindset of the peasants towards the Bolshevik regime from a global perspective.  

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