George Schöpflin

George Schöpflin

GEORGE SCHÖPFLIN (Budapest, 1939) graduated MA, LLB. from the University of Glasgow and pursued postgraduate studies at the College of Europe in Bruges, awarded PhD (Tallinn). He worked at the Royal Institute of International Affairs and the BBC before taking up university lecturing, at the London School of Economics and School of Slavonic and East European Studies, University of London (1976–2004), including latterly as Jean Monnet Professor of Politics and Director of the Centre for the Study of Nationalism. Professor Schöpflin was elected a Member of the European Parliament for Fidesz– Hungarian Civic Union, a member of the Group of the European People’s Party (EPP) (Christian Democrats) in 2004, re-elected in 2009 and in 2014. He served on Parliament’s Constitutional Affairs Committee, including as EPP coordinator.


The November 2013 issue of Hungarian Review carried a stimulating article under the above title by James C. Bennett and Michael Lotus, based on researches of historical anthropology. However its argument has some weaknesses. To begin with, it has a tendency towards monocausality, reducing everything to a single factor (family


Why, I wonder, do historians – Anglo-Saxon ones anyway – have this irrepressible need to take a side-swipe at the social sciences? Mark Mazower did this in his Dark Continent (p.367), Richard Evans devoted an entire book to it (In Defence of History) and now my old friend Norman Stone joins them, (Hungarian Review,


Occasionally small states can play a role out of all proportion to their size. If you want a non-Hungarian illustration, look at what Latvia has been doing. They’ve pulled themselves out of a far worse economic mess than what we have had in Hungary – a 17% deficit – a