In 1930, on 1 September, 100,000 workers, employed and unemployed, marched through Budapest under the slogan 'Work and Bread!'. Many were injured and one person was killed as the police used swords and, at one point, fired into the crowd. This study sketches the political history of the Hungarian labour movement from the late 19th century to the 1920s and the build-up to the 1930 protest, Hungary's largest in the inter-war period. Drawing on contemporary newspaper accounts and recollections of participants, it asks: Why did such a big demonstration take place? How did it come about? What happened on 1 September 1930? What was the reaction to police repression? It also reviews subsequent historiography and the development of Hungary's labour movement politics after 1930.
Publisher: The Merlin Press Ltd
Number of pages: 156
Weight: 227 g
Dimensions: 234 x 156 x 15 mm
"Dent's book gives a key not only to the labor history of interwar Hungary, but also to the understanding of an aspect of the Hungarian political thinking in the second half of the twentieth century. It fills a gap in both areas; it offers a witty insight for its foreign readers, but it would be really useful reading for the Hungarian public as well." --Peter Konok, tandfonline.com "Bob Dent's short book is a good introduction to a forgotten period of working class history. It is also a good primer for the history of a country that few people in Britain will know." ResoluteReader "Turn back 82 years, to 1 September 1930... it only gets short thrift in nowadays' history books and memorials. This is precisely where Bob Dent's well researched and highly readable book opens...Dent rightly closes with a call for its importance to be reassessed, not in its version celebrated by the Communist Party but as an episode of Hungarian labour history in its own right." Budapest Times