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Ambrus Miskolczy

AMBRUS MISKOLCZY (Marosvásárhely/Turgu Mures, Romania, 1947) is a Hungarian historian born and educated in Transylvania. He is a Member of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences, and one of the editors of the New International Journal for Romanian Studies. As Chair of the Department of Romanian Philology at Eötvös Loránd University in Budapest, he has done extensive research on the co-habitation of Romanians, Hungarians and Saxons in Transylvania, and published studies on mentality, with special regard to the culture of the middle classes, and to national myths.

14 May 2015
"[Boia’s] dictums consist of bitter truths woven into the text of his narrative, rather than petty and facile sophistry packaged in pompous discourse. 'History is created, but not controlled, by people; they are controlled by their own creation. Uncontrollable phenomena are the result of the complex and random interaction of factors that make up history. A cursory look at history suffices to convince us that we are unable to influence its course as we think would be best.'"

18 July 2013
'When Dej, the tyrannical party leader called upon the intellectuals to join the Party at a meeting, the literary critic replied: "The place of the intelligentsia is not with the Party – everybody froze at this moment, only to be relieved the next –, but in the Party!"'

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