Journal 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…”

R. J. W. Evans
Oriel College, Oxford University, United Kingdom

“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
Professor Emeritus of the University of British Columbia, Canada
Professor at the Central European University, Budapest, Hungary

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. Accordingly, in several ways, AETAS is structured differently from other Hungarian historical journals: it features special sections and follows distinctive 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 Habsburg Empire; and emigration in 19th and 20th century Europe.


Sections and focal points

Studies: feature articles with abstracts in English

Discussion: current scholarly 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 sources with scholarly comments

Reviews: book reviews



Aeatas aims at providing a forum for a plurality of themes and seeks to attract the widest possible range of authors. In recent years, the contributors have included young historians at the beginning of their careers as well as distinguished researchers, such as István Deák, David F. Good, Andrew C. Janos, John Komlos, Alun Munslow, Hayden White  (USA), Andrzej Chwalba, Jerzy Kloczowski, Henryk Olszewski (Poland), R. J. W. Evans, Peter Laslett, László Péter,  Martin Rady (England), Dominique Barthélemy, Jean Béranger, Edina Bozóky, Jean-Yves Grenier, Catherine Horel, Károly Kecskeméti, Bernard Lepetit (France), Moritz Csáky, Horst Haselsteiner, Markus Köhbach, Gerhard Melinz, Susan Zimmermann (Austria), Géza Alföldy, Márta Fata, Holger Fischer, Harmut Kaelble, Joachim von Puttkamer, Jürgen Schlumbohm, Gerhard Seewann, Michael Werner (Germany),  Ieda Osamu, Minamizuka Shingo (Japan), Antonín Kalous, Richard Marsina (Czech Republic), Ákos Egyed, Zsigmond Jakó, Gernot Nussbächer, Gábor Sipos (Romania), György Péteri (Norway), Scott M. Eddie (Canada), A. J. Gurevics (Russia).


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 three decades. The editors are devoted to the perpetual improvement of the journal 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 620 copies per issue. Some 400 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.



Postal address: AETAS, 6701 Szeged, POB 1179, Hungary

E-mail: aetas[et]mail[dot]u-szeged[dot]hu