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By providing a survey of consumption and lifestyle in Hungary during the second half of the twentieth century, this book shows how common people lived during and after tumultuous regime changes. After an introduction covering the late 1930s, the study centers on the communist era, and goes on to describe changes in the post-communist period with its legacy of state socialism.

Tibor Valuch poses a series of questions. Who could be called rich or poor and how did they live in the various periods? How did living, furnishings, clothing, income, and consumption mirror the structure of the society and its transformations? How could people accommodate their lifestyles to the political and social system? How specific to the regime was consumption after the communist takeover, and how did consumption habits change after the demise of state socialism? The answers, based on micro-histories, statistical data, population censuses and surveys help to understand the complexities of daily life, not only in Hungary, but also in other communist regimes in east-central Europe, with insights on their antecedents and afterlives.

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  1. Cover
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  1. Half-Title Page, Title Page, Copyright, Dedication
  2. pp. i-vi
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. vii-viii
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  1. List of Figures
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  1. List of Tables
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  1. List of Acronyms
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  1. Introduction
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  1. 1. The Study of Hungarian Everyday Life: Historiography, Methods, and Concepts
  2. pp. 7-32
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  1. 2. Two Hundred Pengős a Month, Five Hundred Forints, Two Thousand Forints...: Financial Circumstances, Prices, Wages, and Income Inequalities in Everyday Life
  2. pp. 33-86
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  1. 3. From Plentiful Privation to a Consumer Society: The Changes and Characteristics of Consumer Consumption
  2. pp. 87-232
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  1. 4. This Is How We Lived: Housing Conditions, Usage of Living Space and Interior Decoration
  2. pp. 233-316
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  1. 5. "Well-dressed and Fashionable": Changes in Clothing Styles, Habits, and Fashion
  2. pp. 317-414
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  1. 6. "We Ate, We Drank, We Filled Our Stomachs": Nutrition, Eating, and Dietary Habits
  2. pp. 415-468
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  1. Conclusions
  2. pp. 469-476
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  1. Appendix
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  1. Bibliography
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  1. Index
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  1. Back Cover
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Additional Information

ISBN
9789633863770
Related ISBN(s)
9789633863763
MARC Record
OCLC
1292587558
Pages
508
Launched on MUSE
2022-01-20
Language
English
Open Access
Yes

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