Edith Oltay

Edith Oltay

EDITH OLTAY is a political scientist who received her MA in Political Science with Sociology and Philosophy as minor subjects, from the University of Bonn. She has researched the development of Hungarian parties since 1990 and wrote the book entitled Fidesz and the Reinvention of the Hungarian Center-Right, (Századvég, 2012, 2013) which analyses the place of Fidesz within the Hungarian party system. In recent years, the topic of Hungarian minorities in neighbouring countries has become the focus of her research. She is currently a PhD student at the National University of Public Service in Budapest. Her dissertation focuses on the key aspects of Hungarian kin-state policy: From Status Law to Citizenship: The Redefinition of the Hungarian Nation Concept.

REDEFINING THE CONCEPT OF THE HUNGARIAN NATION – PART I

In the past thirty years, the concept of nation has been redefined in Central and Eastern, as well as in Western Europe. In Central and Eastern Europe, the nation was reconstructed along ethnic lines as a revival of ethnic identity took place following the collapse of Communism. These countries aimed