1. The Institute faces three main tasks in 2007:
a. To take account and evaluate the scholarly achievements of the 2006 jubilee year.
b. To continue the earlier researches and programmes, some of which continued in 2006 and some of which were temporarily suspended due to the demands of the anniversary.
c. To prepare, debate, and possibly apply for funding and commence the Institute research project that will provided a framework for its work in the next three or four years. The preliminary discussions on this began at the end of last year and continue as these lines are written. In all probability, we will prepare a programme to examine a single scholarly problem through the whole period since World War II or possibly through the 1956-89 period.
 The financial situation in 2007 is likely to be less favourable than it was in 2006. Our support from the central state budget has been cut by HUF 160 million. Support from the capital city is uncertain. We can count on various competitive funding applications, but these will obviously fall short of what was available in the jubilee year, even in an optimal case. It is also clear that 2007 will be year of intellectual renewal and research. We are planning far fewer publications than last year. The absence of Réka Sárközy on maternity leave  means that documentary film-making will cease temporarily. We are striving to nurture and maintain our international relations (whose number has grown thanks to the jubilee year), but we will certainly be taking part in fewer conferences. Development in 2006 means that our stock of computer and other IT equipment will not have to be renewed to a great extent this year. We do not plan to increase our staff. The three staff members of the Academy Research Station are on the staff of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences Institute of Political Studies, but they continue to be seconded to our Institute in 2007.
2. We plan only a few printed publications this year. Naturally, they are broader in subject-matter than those in 2006, when almost every publication concerned the 1956 Hungarian Revolution. In leaner times, the value of the Institute website will increase, where new content can be displayed relatively quickly and cheaply to a steadily increasing number of visitors.
3. Some individual research done in 2007 will continue to focus on the history of the 1956 Revolution. Attila Szakolczai is writing a long new monograph on the revolution's history. László Eörsi continues to research the insurgents of Budapest's 7th District and the university national guards. Éva Standeisky will finish her monograph The experience of freedom-the people in the 1956 Hungarian Revolution by the end of the year.
4. Pál Germuska is finishing his monograph on the Hungarian arms industry, which may appear by the end of the year. János Tischler is beginning a new research theme, while Csaba Békés continues to collect material for his book on Hungary in the Cold War and to write it. András Lénárt and Márkus Keller are finishing their PhD dissertations and will present their completed manuscripts for workplace debate at the end of the year. Work on the 1956 emigration continues. Krisztián Ungváry is working on an interwar research topic, and writing a monograph on the history of the Hungarian state security services in 1945-89. Tibor Valuch is working on a long monograph on the post-1945 history of everyday life, which he plans also to submit as a Hungarian Academy of Sciences doctoral dissertation. János M. Rainer continues to work on a book about the post-1945 hiwtory of the Christian middle class. Four staff members are continuing their doctoral studies this year, all of them at the stage of writing their dissertations.
4. Work continues in the Oral History Archive on the "Repatriates" and "The Other Hungary" programmes of interviews and interview-processing. The latter  involves archive research, collection of photographs, and preparation of studies. The OHA staff have begun publishing the results of the projects in progress, and preparing interview selections for publication in 2008 and 2oo9.
5. New content services are planned in 2007 for the Institute website, which now rests on a database basis as a real portal. There is also a chance of putting up some content on 1956 left over from last year (chronology of the revolution, comprehensive bibliography, document library). Work has begun on preparing a multimedia service on 1989, compiled by János Kenedi, János M. Rainer and Judit Topits.
6. The following publications appear in the 2007 publication programme:
6.1 Books
6.1.1 In memory of György Litván-selected studies and journalism (jointly with Osiris.
6.1.2 Yearbook 2006/2007.
6.1.3 The effect of 1956 on the Soviet-system countries. The texts in Hungarian of the conference in September 2006. Jointly with the State Security History Archive.
6.1.4 1956-new approaches. The most important study texts of the jubilee year, edited by Gábor Gyáni and János M. Rainer.
6.1.5 Pál Germuska: From ballast to growth industry-the Hungarian arms industry (monograph).
6.1.6 János M. Rainer: József Antall in the network of state security.
Item 6.1.3 depends on negotiations with the State Security History Archive and possibly the involvement of another publisher.
6.2 Internetes content provisions
6.2.1 Summary of the Institute's activity in 2006.
6.2.2 Review-a critical review of works that appeared for the anniversary.
6.2.3 The document library of the Hungarian Revolution (edited by János Tischler).
6.2.4 The chronology of the Hungarian Revolution.
6.2.5 The Hungarian Revolution in the world press (in English).
6.2.6 Selection from 1956 diaries  (edited by Adrienne Molnár).
An English translation of János M. Rainer's book Imre Nagy. A short biography will appear.
7. No international conference is planned in 2007. In June a joint conference will be held with the Imre Nagy Foundation on the history of the 1956 workers' councils. We are negotiating with the State Security Services History Archive on a joint workshop conference to look at the scientific legacy of 2006. We are also thinking of holding a workshop conference on the conceptual problems of the 1945-89, which would serve to introduce the several-year Institute project.


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