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History in My Life

A Memoir of Three Eras

Ivan T. Berend is Distinguished Professor at the University of California Los Angeles, Director of the European Studies Program. He was one of the masterminds of regime change in Hungary. He made a career in Hungary as a university professor, Rector of the University of Economics (1973–79), and President of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences (1985–90). He was President of the International Committee of Historical Sciences (1995–2000), and Vice-President of the International Economic History Association (1986–1994). His research interests are the complex economic, social, ideological, and cultural history of Central and Eastern Europe in the 19th–20th century; economic modernization; problems of European backwardness; transition from state socialism to capitalism. He published and 26 books and more than 120 studies.

Before he became a professor at UCLA, Ivan Berend had survived five regime changes and two revolutions in Hungary, had been in prison and German concentration camp in 1944–45.

His memoir offers an interesting case study, a subjective addition to the "objective" historical works on Central and Eastern European state socialism. It describes the hard choices of intellectuals in a dictatorial state: 1. remain in isolation, concentrate on scholarly works, and exclude politics in your personal life; 2. be in opposition, criticize and unveil the regime, accept discrimination and exclusion; 3. remain within the establishment and work for reforming the country using legal possibilities to criticize the regime and to achieve changes from within.

Berend's book raises basic historical questions and debates, compares East European and American higher education systems, and presents an eyewitness' insights on life in the United States.

About the Author

Ivan T. Berend is Distinguished Research Professor at the History Department of the University of California Los Angeles.

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Other Titles by Ivan T. Berend

Brilliance in Exile

István Hargittai, Balazs Hargittai, foreword by Ivan T. Berend
Mar 2023 - Central European University Press
$32.00 USD - Paperback / softback
$105.00 USD - Hardback

A Century of Populist Demagogues

Ivan T. Berend
Jul 2020 - Central European University Press
$30.95 USD - Paperback / softback

Other Titles in BIOGRAPHY & AUTOBIOGRAPHY / Personal Memoirs

Bluegrass Craftsman

edited by Frances L. S. Dugan and Jacqueline P. Bull
Dec 2025 - University Press of Kentucky
$30.00 USD - Paperback / softback
$12.95 USD - Electronic book text

Black Officer, White Navy

Reuben Keith Green. Foreword by John P. Cordle.
Jun 2024 - University Press of Kentucky
$60.00 USD - Hardback
$30.00 USD - Electronic book text
$30.00 USD - Paperback / softback

Mi madre, mi maestra, critical edition

Bahia Mahmud Awah. Edited by Dorothy Odartey-Wellington.
May 2024 - Modern Language Association of America
$25.00 USD - Paperback / softback

Other Titles in Memoirs

Beyond the Siege of Leningrad

edited by Oleg Beyda, Pavel Gavrilov
Jan 2024 - Central European University Press
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A Life for Belarus

Stanislau Shushkevich
Oct 2023 - Central European University Press
$35.00 USD - Paperback / softback

After the Roundup, Graphic Edition

Joseph Weismann, translated by Richard Kutner
Sep 2023 - Indiana University Press
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