address in Hungary:
address in Mongolia:
2003: Received a Ph.D. in History at Central European University. Prepared under the supervision of Professors Alfred J. Rieber and Bruce Cumings and reviewed favorably by Professors Carter Eckert and Kathryn Weathersby, the revised manuscript of the dissertation (The Failure of De-Stalinization in North Korea, 1953-1964) was published in book form by Woodrow Wilson Press and Stanford University Press in 2005. The book compares the North Korean political system with other Communist regimes, with special respect to Vietnam, Mongolia and Eastern Europe.
1998: Received an M.A. in History at Central European University (an international university chartered in the state of New York), Budapest. My M.A. thesis, De-Stalinization in Eastern Europe, 1953-1958 analyzed the economic, foreign, and internal policies of the seven Soviet-dominated East European Communist regimes, comparing them to each other in order to explain why there had been massive protests against the Communist regimes in East Germany, Poland, and Hungary, and why no such events took place in the other four countries at that time.
1997: Received a B.A. in History at Loránd Eötvös University of Sciences, Budapest. My B.A. thesis, The Economic, Social, and Political Development of Uruguay, 1958-1985 explains the post-1958 economic crisis that resulted in the collapse of parliamentary governance in this traditionally democratic Latin American country. Comparing Uruguay with five other South American countries, it placed the emergence of Latin American guerrilla movements and military dictatorships in the context of Cold War politics.
2008 – 2009: Visiting
Scholar, Woodrow Wilson Center, Washington, D.C. (Fulbright
2008 – : Visiting Professor, Mongolia International University, Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia
Professor, Mongolian University of Science and Technology,
2007: Visiting Professor, Kyungpook National University, Daegu, South Korea
2005-2006: Visiting Professor, National University of Mongolia, Ulaanbataar, Mongolia
2001-present: Cold War International History Project (CWIHP) Scholar, The Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, Washington D.C.
2004-2005: Visiting Fellow, National Institute of International Education Development, Seoul, South Korea
2001: Visiting Researcher, St. Anthony College, Oxford University
1997-1998: Researcher, Institute of Political History, Budapest
The courses I taught covered, among others, post-1989 international relations; modern Southeast and Northeast Asian economic, social and political history; and North Korean foreign and domestic policies.
My M.A. thesis and dissertation, as well as my later research, was based mostly on recently declassified Hungarian archival documents. Among others, I have been doing archival research on the following topics:
Kim Il Sung in the Khrushchev Era: Soviet-DPRK Relations and the Roots of North Korean Despotism, 1953-1964. Stanford: Stanford University Press; Washington, D.C.: Woodrow Wilson Center Press, 2005.
“Expulsion for a Mistranslated
Poem: The Diplomatic Aspects of North Korean Cultural
“The Four Horsemen
of the Apocalypse in North Korea: The Forgotten Side of a Not-So-
“Hungary in the Cold
War, 1945-1956: Between the United States and the Soviet Union.” –
“Brotherhood Disrupted, Brotherhood Restored: The Process of Sino-North Korean Conflict and Reconciliation, 1965-1972,” in Chen Jian, ed., Limits of the “Lips and Teeth Alliance”: Chinese-North Korean Relations during the Cold War (Ithaca, N.Y.: Cornell University East Asia Series, forthcoming).
“The Diplomacy of Economic Reform in Vietnam: The Genesis of Doi Moi, 1986-1989.” Journal of Asiatic Studies (Korea University, Asiatic Research Center) 51, Issue 2 (June 2008): 199-252.
Entries on “Kim Il Sung,” “Mongolia,” “Show Trials,” and “South Africa,” in Ruud van Dijk, William Glenn Gray, Svetlana Savranskaya, Jeremi Suri, and Qiang Zhai, eds., Encyclopedia of the Cold War. London and New York: Routledge, 2008.
“Mao and the Economic Stalinization of China, 1948-1953 (Review).” Cold War History 8, Issue 1 (February 2008): 127-128.
“Magyarország a hidegháborúban (Review).” Magyar Tudomány 169, Issue 2 (February 2008): 241.
“Szerzetesek és tábornokok Burmában 1-2.” [Monks and Generals in Burma] Élet és Tudomány 62, Issue 48 (2007): 1524-1526; 62, Issue 49 (2007): 1555-1557.
“North Korea’s Efforts to Acquire Nuclear Technology and Nuclear Weapons: Evidence from Russian and Hungarian Archives.” Co-authored by Sergey Radchenko. Cold War International History Project Working Paper #53. Washington, D.C., August 2006.
“Political and Economic Crisis in North Vietnam, 1955-56.” Cold War History 5, Issue 4 (November 2005): 395-426.
“`You Have No Political Line of Your Own.’ Kim Il-sung and the Soviets, 1953-1964.” Cold War International History Project Bulletin 14/15 (Winter 2003-Spring 2004): 87-137.
“Tsedenbal’s Mongolia and the Communist Aid Donors: A Reappraisal.” International Institute for Asian Studies Newsletter 35 (November 2004):18.
“Their War for Korea (Review).” Journal of Asian Studies 62, Issue 3 (2003): 980-981.
“The Dynamics of Repression: The Global Impact of the Stalinist Model, 1944-1953.” Russian History/Histoire Russe 29, Issue 2-4 (2003): 415-442.
“1956 Vietnamban 1-2.” [1956 in North Vietnam] Élet és Tudomány 56, Issue 42 (2001):1320-1322; 56, Issue 43 (2001): 1353-1355.
“Van-e totalitárius típusú represszió?” [Can One Speak of a Special Totalitarian-Type Repression?] Valóság 44, Issue 8 (2001): 29-39.
“Kína a XX. század el?estéjén 1-2.” [China in the Early 20th Century] Élet és Tudomány 55, Issue 36 (2000): 1126-1128; 55, Issue 38 (2000):1192-1193
Kínában 1-2.” [Social Problems in the PRC] Élet és Tudomány 55, Issue
12 (2000): 373-375; 55, Issue 13 (2000): 400-403.
“Gamal Abdel Nasszer.” [A Short Biography of Nasser], in A 20. század politikusai (Budapest: ELTE BTK Politikaelméleti Tanszék, 1998):103-120.
“A regionalizmus és a fejl?dés problematikája.” [Problems of Regionalism and Development: A Critical Analysis of World-System Theories] Eszmelet 30 (1996):198-209.
“Titkosrend?rség, terror és tolerancia a modern diktatúrákban.” [Secret Police, Terror, and Tolerance in Modern Dictatorships] Eszmélet 29 (1996):211-222.
“Kuba 1-2.” [Castro’s Cuba] Élet és Tudomány 49, Issue 43 (1994), pp. 1347-1349; 49, Issue 45 (1994):1420-1422.
“Egy diktatúra anatómiája
1-2.” [Anatomy of a Dictatorship: Haiti under Francois Duvalier] Élet
és Tudomány 49, Issue 37 (1994), pp. 1168-1170; 49, Issue 38 (1994):1194-1196.
2009 – Why Did Stalin
Give the Green Light to Kim Il Sung? The Korean War in Soviet
2008 – Cold War Between
Pyongyang and Hanoi: North Korea, Vietnam and the Cambodian
2008 – North Korea’s
Path to Economic Modernization, Institute for Far Eastern Studies,
2008 – The Cold War
in Asia: The Cultural Dimension, Asia Research Institute, National
2006 – Routes into
the Diaspora. Panel: The Unreliable People: The Korean Diaspora in the
2006 – Limits of the
'Lips and Teeth' Alliance: The Antinomies of the Chinese-North Korean
2006 – 6th International
Conference of the Korean Association of Central & Eastern European
2006 – International
Workshop on North Korea’s Foreign Relations during the Cold War,
2004 – 4th Triennial
Conference of the European Association for South-East Asian Studies.
2004 – Mongolia and
the Cold War, Cold War International History Research Project and
2003 – Comrades in
Arms: Relations between North Vietnam, North Korea, and Cuba, Yale
2003 – Still Standing
After The Fall: Politics and Culture in Vietnam, North Korea, China and
2003 – The Cold War
in Asia, The George Washington University Cold War Group and the
2003 – Stalin and
the Lesser Gods: The Leader Cult in Communist Dictatorships in
2003 – North Korea’s
Crisis Behavior, Cold War International History Research Project
2003 – North Korea’s
Conflicts with the USSR: Comparisons with North Vietnam and
2002 – Inside North Korea, CWIHP (Washington, D.C.)
2002 – The Soviet Global Impact (1945-1991), University of Chicago
1998 – The Impact
of the Totalitarian Past on the New Democracies, Open Society Institute
Native fluency in Hungarian and English; excellent reading ability in German; limited reading ability in Russian, French, Korean and Mongolian