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Parkes Lecture 2021 Event

James Parkes
18:00 - 19:30
20 April 2021

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Event details

Part of an annual series of lectures organised by the Parkes Institute.

Michael Laurence Miller
Michael Laurence Miller

"Judapest": Austria-Hungary and its Jews at the Fin-de-Siècle

Budapest is sometimes called the “Paris of the East,” but in the 1890s, it acquired a new, less flattering nickname: “Judapest.” Karl Lueger, the antisemitic mayor of Vienna – who hated Hungarians more than he hated Jews – is often credited with coining this derogatory nickname for a city that he thought had become more "Jewish" than "Hungarian."  Budapest was Europe's fastest-growing city at the time, with a flurry of cultural and commercial activity that fascinated -- and sometimes appalled -- contemporary residents and visitors. This talk will examine the image of Budapest in the decades before and after the First World War, exploring the ways in which Hungary's capital city was imagined by Jews and non-Jews alike as a quintessentially Jewish metropolis.


Michael L Miller , Central European University in Budapest.  Michael L. Miller is Associate Professor in the Nationalism Studies Program at Central European University in Budapest, Hungary, and co-founder of the university's Jewish Studies program. He received his PhD in History from Columbia University, where he specialized in Jewish and Central European History. Michael’s research focuses on the impact of nationality conflicts on the religious, cultural, and political development of Central European Jewry in the long nineteenth century. His articles have appeared in Slavic Review, Austrian History Yearbook, Simon Dubnow Institute Yearbook, Múlt és Jövő , The Jewish Quarterly Review and AJS Review. Miller’s book, Rabbis and Revolution: The Jews of Moravia in the Age of Emancipation, was published by Stanford University Press in 2011. It appeared in Czech translation as Moravští Židé v době emancipace (Nakladatelství Lidové noviny, 2015). He is currently working on a history of Hungarian Jewry, titled Manovill: A Tale of Two Hungarys.

This event will be chaired by Mark E. Smith and hosted by Mark Cornwall .


Please register by clicking on the link above, we will send you joining instructions prior to the event.  Registration closes at 13.30 (UTC) on 19 April 2021.

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