of history and related disciplines
"Aetas is ... an innovative and attractive journal, making available some of the best in current Hungarian historical scholarship ... not least from researchers of the younger generation, as well as discussing relevant international issues..."
J. W. Evans
"Aetas has established itself in the space of a few years as an important journal, open to international achievements in historical scholarship, and representing an alternative and refreshing view particularly on matters Hungarian and European."
János M. Bak
Foundation and aims
Aetas (Latin for ages), a journal of history and related disciplines, was founded by young historians in Szeged, Hungary in 1985. Its original aim was to provide a means for the diffusion of current historical scholarship in Central and Eastern Europe and at the same time, a forum for younger historians in the region. Accordingly, in several ways, AETAS is structured differently from other Hungarian historical journals: it features special columns and follows different editorial principles.
The editorial board lays special emphasis on disseminating the work of ongoing research projects by publishing thematic issues. Examples of back issues include Slavic societies in the Middle Ages; public opinion and propaganda in the modern age; Romanian intellectual history; the age of neo-absolutism in the Hapsburg Empire; and emigration in 19th and 20th century Europe.
Sections and focal points
Studies: feature articles with abstracts in English.
Discussion: ongoing discussions and debates.
Workshop: the latest results of ongoing research.
Theory and Method: methodological issues in history.
Beyond the Borders: interviews featuring historians from abroad accompanied with representative studies and bibliographies of their publications.
Evoking the past: historical source material with scholarly comments .
Reviews: book reviews.
In accordance with the objectives of the journal, the editorial board aims to provide a forum for a plurality of themes and seeks to publish the widest possible range of authors in Aetas. In recent years, the contributors have included young historians at the beginning of their careers as well as distinguished researchers, such as John Komlos, Gabor Vermes, David F. Good, István Deák, Andrew C. Janos and Janes Ross Sweeney (United States), Jerzy Kloczowski (Poland), László Péter (England), Susan Zimmermann, Moritz Csáky and Gerhard Melinz (Austria), Bernard Lepetit, Jean Béranger and Károly Kecskeméthy (France) or István Diószegi, András Kubinyi, Éva Somogyi and Vera Bácskai (Hungary).
Achievements and plans for the future
Due to its innovative design and editorial policy, AETAS has achieved considerable popularity and reputation in Hungarian academic life during the past twenty-five years. The editors are devoted to the principle of perpetual improvement and the widening of distribution in and outside of Hungary.
Publication, circulation and distribution
AETAS is published four times a year and features the abstracts of articles and the table of contents in English. The circulation figure is 500 copies per issue. 120-150 copies are purchased by regular subscribers including all the research libraries in Hungary as well as subscribers from abroad. Additionally, AETAS is available for purchase at bookshops all over the country.
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