Cover Osteuropa 12/2011

In Osteuropa 12/2011

The Stranger in the Mirror
Images of Hungary and Germany

Gerhard Seewann

Deutsche Fassung


A longitudinal cross-section of history extending eight centuries reveals the national stereotypes that the Hungarians and the Germans have of one another. Stereotypes function to set apart and to establish identity. The image of the other betrays a great deal the image of oneself. Stereotypes vary according to political situation and cultural demands. A neighbour is sometimes a role model, sometimes an enemy.

(Osteuropa 12/2011, pp. 335–348)