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Technology and the Environment in State-Socialist Hungary : An Economic History, Hardback Book

Technology and the Environment in State-Socialist Hungary : An Economic History Hardback


This book explains how and why the state-socialist regime in Hungary used technology and propaganda to foster industrialization and the conservation of natural resources simultaneously.

Further, this book explains why this process was ultimately a failure.

By exploring the environmental pre-history of communist Hungary before analyzing the economic development of the Kadar regime, Pal investigates how economic and environmental policies and technology transfer were negotiated between the official communist ideology and the global economic reality of capitalist markets.

Pal argues that the modernization project of the Kadar regime (1956-1990) facilitated ecological consciousness - at both an individual and societal level - which provoked great social unrest when positive environmental impact was not achieved. Today, global issues of climate change, urban pollution, resource depletion, and overpopulation transcend political systems, but economic and environmental discourses varied greatly in the twentieth century.

This volume is important reading for all those interested in economic and environmental history, as well as political science.


  • Format: Hardback
  • Pages: 263 pages, 3 Illustrations, color; 30 Illustrations, black and white; XIV, 263 p. 33 illus., 3 illus
  • Publisher: Springer International Publishing AG
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  • Category: Economics of industrial organisation
  • ISBN: 9783319638317

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