Emily R. Gioielli F'12

Emily R. Gioielli
Doctoral Candidate
Department of History
Central European University

Dissertation Fellowships in East European Studies 2012
Doctoral Candidate
Department of History
Central European University
'Primitive Cruelty' and 'Refined Vengeance': Violence and the Struggle for Legitimacy in Post-World War I Hungary

This dissertation examines the relationship between violence and political legitimacy. Using post-World War I Hungary as a case study, it analyzes how individuals participated in and interpreted the relationship of the Red and White Terrors to the regimes they claimed to promote. In the international political arena, it investigates how a variety of groups both inside and outside of Hungary used the violence perpetrated during the Terrors to wage propaganda wars against their political opponents. It also shows how certain circles instrumentalized violence to advocate for foreign policy strategies that would undermine Hungary's sovereignty. This project grapples with the question of how individuals and states decide who has the “right to rule.”