The book titled "State-Building Processes in the Carpathian Basin in the 20th Century" has been published as part of the New Scientific Pocket Library series, which was launched in 2022 in collaboration between the Eötvös Loránd Research Network (ELKH) and Typotex Publishing. The author of the book is Zoltán Hajdú, scientific advisor at the ELKH Centre for Economic and Regional Studies. The book is now available at Typotex bookstores and website, as well as at Libri and Líra bookstores and their online stores. The electronic version will soon be available on the Interkönyv webshop and the eKönyv Magyarország website.
State-building processes in Europe, i.e. the birth, transformation or cessation of states, have been almost constant throughout history. The 19th century saw the rise of national state aspirations, and the two bloody World Wars of the 20th century redrew the political map of Europe. After the defeat of the Soviet Union in the Cold War, a new wave of state-building took place in its former sphere of influence.
The Carpathian Basin received new legal and territorial definition following the 1867 Austro-Hungarian Compromise. The defeat of World War I also led to the disintegration of the Austro-Hungarian monarchy and the Kingdom of Hungary, and the multi-ethnic, large state formation was replaced by several smaller, but equally multi-ethnic states. Before and during World War II, several states ceased to exist while new ones were formed. After World War II, the victorious great powers largely restored the previously ceased states (Austria, Czechoslovakia, Yugoslavia). The political changes after the Cold War also led to the formation of new states in the Carpathian Basin.