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The Politics of Inclusion and Exclusion: Jews and Nationalism in Hungary

Vera Ranki, with a foreword by Randolph L. Braham
The Politics of Inclusion and Exclusion: Jews and Nationalism in Hungary
ISBN: 978-0-8419-1402-5
1999/269 pages/LC: 98045937
Distributed for Holmes & Meier Publishers

"Both passionate and scholarly ... this book is an important contribution to Hungarian and Jewish history." —Choice

"A major work that traces Hungary’s ascent into modernity and its subsequent descent into barbarism."—Sheldon Kirshner, Canadian Jewish News

"Ranki's work is an eye opener. Passionate, without being polemical, it is a lucid and superbly researched examination of how, when hatred becomes part of national identity, it can lead to genocide."—William Shawcross


Choice Outstanding Academic Book!

Tracing the social history of Jews in Hungary from the mid-nineteenth to the mid-twentieth century, Vera Ranki reveals how state policies shifted from encouraging assimilation to institutionalizing anti-Semitism. Her study provides a poignant illustration of the changing politics of nationalism, the failures of inclusion policies, and the role of the political ethos in the process of institutionalizing exclusion.


Vera Ranki is a founding member of the Centre for Comparative Genocide Studies at Macquarie University and founding director of the Examined Life Institute in Sydney, Australia.


  • Foreword—Randolph L. Braham.
  • Introduction.
  • Modernization in Hungary.
  • The "Golden Age" of Security.
  • Constitutional Protofascism: The Emergence of the Ethos of Exclusion.
  • The End of the Assimilationist "Contract."
  • The Process of Exclusion and Hungarian Society.
  • The Process of Exclusion and the Jewish Community.
  • The Aftermath.
  • Nationalism, Antisemitism, and Assimilation.
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