Inter-ethnic Relations in Europe

Type of instruction




Part of degree program


Recommended in

Semesters 2-3

Typically offered in

Autumn/Spring semester

Course description

This course will focus on historical, sociological and social psychological determinants of the formation of ethnic and national identities and conflicts in the Carpathian Basin. The course is based on a database from a cross-national sociological survey that had been carried out in 3 different countries of the region between 1997 and 2000. The Carpathian Project provides a comparative analysis of the reciprocal attitudes of Hungarians and Slovaks in Slovakia, Hungarians and Romanians in Romania, and Slovaks and Hungarians in Hungary. A huge quantity of data obtained through standard questionnaires enables us to study the ethnicity - minority – nationality issue in depth, and to re-evaluate the findings of our prior ethno-psychological research.


  • Grappling with National Identity. How Nations See Each Others in Central Europe. /Csepeli, Gy., Örkény, A., Székelyi, M./ Budapest, Akadémiai Kiadó, 2000. (Digital resource)
  • Bárdi, Nándor  Cleavages in Cross-Border Magyar Minority Politics, 1989-1998 (Digital resource)
  • Eley, G. – Suny R. G. 1996: Becoming National. Reader. Oxford University Press.
  • Gellner, E. 1983: Nations and Nationalisms. Basil Blackwell.
  • Horowitz, D. 1985: Ethnic Groups in Conflict. Berkeley, Los Angeles, University of California Press.
  • Kocsis, Károly and Eszter Kocsis-Hodosi  Ethnic geography of the Hungarian minorities in the Carpathian basin,
  • Kárpát panel 2007 (Digital resource)
  • Poppe, E. 1998: National and Ethnic Stereotypes in Central and Eastern Europe. A study among adolescents in six countries. Utrecht, ERCOMER.
  • Brubaker, Rogers, Margit Feischmidt Jon Fox Liana Grancea 2006: Nationalist Politics and Everyday Ethnicity in a Transylvanian Town, Princeton University Press (Digital resource)
  • Veres, Valér 2007: A kárpát-medencei magyarok nemzeti és állampolgári identitásának fő sajátosságai (Digital resource)