Senior Research Fellow
PanEur1970s project (funded by ERC)
From October 2015 to September 2017
Tel. [+39] 055 4686 540
Postal address: Department of History and Civilization | Via Bolognese 156 | 50139 Florence - Italy
Villa Salviati, Castello - Office SACA 407
Director of the Project: F. Romero
Pál Germuska is a historian with interests in the history of urban development, military industry, the COMECON, industrial and economic policy of the Socialist period. He received his Ph.D. in social history, from the Eötvös Loránd University, Budapest. He worked 15 years in the Institute for the History of the 1956 Revolution; between 2011 and 2015 he was researcher of contemporary military history at MoD Military History Institute and Museum, Budapest. He was contributor of edited volumes (conference proceedings, as well as MIT Press, and Palgrave Macmillan). He published several articles outside Hungary too, in Czech Republic, France, Germany, Italy, Poland, Slovakia, Slovenia, the UK, and the USA. In the last year he published a monograph on postwar Hungarian military industry (‘The Hungarian Medium-machine Building Industry’ [in Hungarian] Budapest: ÁBTL–Argumentum), and his book on COMECON defence production cooperation (Unified Military Industries of the Soviet Bloc: Hungary and the Division of Labor in Military Production. Lanham: Lexington Books – The Harvard Cold War Studies Book Series) came out in 2015.
His contribution in the ERC project, entitled “Looking West: the European Socialist regimes facing pan-European cooperation and the European Community” (PanEur1970s) will be the following:
My research in the recent years has focused on not only the intra-block cooperation between the COMECON partner states, but on the the “long 1970s” (1968–1982), when Hungary re-orientated its economic and foreign trade relations. During my period as senior research fellow, I will investigate the Hungarian perception of the pan-European cooperation and the European Community, as well as the interblock negotiations between the EEC and the COMECON in the 1970s and 1980s. I will explore the documents of the economic organs of the Hungarian state party, the minutes of governmental bodies (Executive Council, State Plan Committee, and Economic Committee), and the files of industrial and commercial ministries in the first round. Parallelly I will examine the echo of the multilateral negotiations on the Western side too: how the COMECON`s and Hungarian viewpoint was interpreted and evaluated by the European organs. In a next phase I intend to analyze in detail the varied approaches of the different Hungarian elite groups concerning pan-European thought and European integration.
Extended CV and Publications