This book deals with the relationship between Britain and Hungary during the crucial years 1938-1941. In addition to archival research in London and Budapest, mostly about the relations of the governments, Bán's work broadens into political, social, intellectual and cultural history. This is one of its exceptional assets, including materials hitherto overlooked or disregarded, as it relates to more than diplomatic history - even though, in dealing with the latter too, Bán's mastery of archival and other evidence is extraordinarily valuable.
Table of Contents
Part 1: Diplomatic Relations 1. Historical Antecedents 2. From the Peace Treaty of Versailles to the Anschluss 3. From the Anschluss to the First Vienna Award 4. From Count Pal Teleki's Government to the Outbreak of the Second World War 5. From 1 September 1939 to Hungary's Accession to the Tripartite Pact 6. From 20 November 1940 to the Breaking Off of Anglo-Hungarian Diplomatic Relations 7. Three Hungarian Prime Ministers as Viewed from the Hungarian Record Part 2: International Relations 8. The Stucture of British Public Opinion 9. Anglo-Hungarian Economic Links 10. Anglophilia in Hungary and Anglo-Hungarian Intellectual Exchanges 11. Hungarian Emigres in Britain During the 1930s Part 3: Illusions and Disappointments
András D. Bán was born in 1962 in Hungary, and studied International Relations at Budapest University of Technology and Economics. He was a member of the Research Group for the Study of Hungarian History, and researched the changes in British perception of Hungary during the Interwar period. He wrote on British foreign policy and edited the papers of György Barcza, the Hungarian Minsister in London in 1938-41. In 1995, he carried out research at the Hoover Institutition into American Hungarian Relations in 1938-41. In 1996 he compiled Pax Britannica: The Foreign Office Papers on Plans for a Postbellum East Central Europe. He published numerous papers on the subject of Central Europe. The present book was first published in 1998 in Budapest. András Bán died in 2001 at the age of 38.