Summary of the Fifth ENIUGH congress on "Ruptures, Empires and Revolutions"

The Fifth ENIUGH Congress took place in Budapest, hosted by both the Central European University (Department of History) and Corvinus University (Karl Polanyi Research Centre at the Institute of Sociology and Social Policy), supported by the Hungarian Academy of Sciences' Research Centre for Humanities.

Under the overall theme “Ruptures, Empires, Revolutions” and on the occasion of the centennial of the Russian Revolution, we discussed the global context and repercussions of the revolution in particular while debating the role of revolutions in global history in general. Added to that we explored empires and imperial forms of organisation, especially in view of how they changed and ended, and which legacies they left. Violent transformations of societies, ruptures in world orders, and wars, as well as changing international relations were addressed from transnational and transregional angles.

The location of the congress was a step in mobilising a pan-European community of scholars: We are glad that our call for contributions to comparative and global perspectives on South Eastern Europe and the Middle East has resonated with the research interest of many colleagues who came to Budapest to discover the connected histories of the Hungarian capital and the wider region.