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Hungarian Constitutional History

2010/11 academic year, autumn semester; lecture (2 hours/week, 3 credits) and seminar (one hour/week, 1 credit)






Course materials


6-7 September



The establishment of the state, the first Hungarian monarch, central organs of the government power


TK. 48-64; 91-106; 120-135; 166-167; 170-176, 241


13-14 September



The formation of the national assembly, its organization and operation


TK. 107-111


20-21 September



The characteristics of the administrative organization I


TK. 144-181


27-28 September



The characteristics of the administrative organization II


TK. 65-73, 111-119; 135-143


4-5 October



The organization of justice and public records until 1848

TK. 182-209


11-12 October




The laws of April 1848

Acts IV-V of 1848.


TK. 235-252; 319-320; 342-344


18-19 October



The laws of April 1848

Acts III-XVI, XXIII of 1848


TK. 369-375, 396-398; 402-406; 412-414


18-22 October


First in-class written examination



25 October-

1 November


Autumn break




8-9 November



The form of government of neo-absolutism

The public law foundations of the Compromise of 1867

Act XII of 1867


TK. 253-259.; 398-401;

260-280; 320-324; 333-342; 344-347; 358-362; 402-406


15-16 November



Reforms in public administration

Act LCII of 1870

TK. 382-394; 401; 411-412; 414-416; 418


22-23 November



Reforms in public administration

Act XVIII of 1871

Budapest as capital town and royal seat


TK. 382-394; 418-419; 419-422


29-30 November



The transformation of the legislative organization

Act IV of 1869


TK. 401, 425-427; 428-438


29 November,

3 December


Second in-class written examination



6-7 December



Changes in constitutional law, 1918-1920


TK. 296-300; 316-317; 324-326; 347-348, 375-377; 423-424


13-14 December



Changes in constitutional law

Act I of 1920, Act XXVI of 1925

Act XXII of 1926

Act I of 1946


TK. 280-295; 317; 326-331; 348-351; 362-369; 416-417; 422-423


13-14 December


Grading of the in-class written examinations










Course materials:

Mezey, Barna (ed.) Magyar alkotmánytörténet [The History of the Hungarian Constitution]. Osiris, 2005,

as well as the content of the lectures and consultation.


Recommended readings:

Ruszoly, József: Újabb magyar alkotmánytörténet [The Modern History of the Hungarian Constitution] 1848-1949. Selected essays. Püski, Budapest, 2002. (pp. 7-66; 94-105; 120-132; 207-294)

Participation at the seminars is mandatory. Each student is permitted two absences during the semester. In case a student misses more than two seminar sessions, he or she is required to report on the material missed in a matter prescribed by the instructor. Five or more absences from the seminars cannot be made up for.

Students are required to complete two in-class written examinations during the semester successfully. An in-class written examination is considered as successful if the student provides correct answers to at least 60% of the questions.

Unsuccessful in-class written examinations can be re-taken once during the term session.

If a student fails to meet the requirements of the in-class written examinations, the failing grade will be entered on his or her academic records, after which he or she may attempt get a better grade during the examinations session in accordance with the Academic and Examination Rules and Regulations.



Szeged, 2 September 2010


Prof. Dr. Mária Homoki-Nagy