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Entangled GeographiesEmpire and Technopolitics in the Global Cold War$
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Gabrielle Hecht

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780262515788

Published to MIT Press Scholarship Online: August 2013

DOI: 10.7551/mitpress/9780262515788.001.0001

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The Technopolitical Lineage of State Planning in Hungary, 1930–1956

The Technopolitical Lineage of State Planning in Hungary, 1930–1956

(p.155) 7 The Technopolitical Lineage of State Planning in Hungary, 1930–1956
Entangled Geographies

Martha Lampland

The MIT Press

This chapter discusses how state planning brought about the technopolitical lineage in Hungary. In East Europe, the transition to socialism has been colored by the rapid rise of hostilities to overshadow the expertise and statecraft in the region. Until the late 1940s, Hungary was under the influence of Stalinism; later, Stalinism underwent a radical change to socialism. In Hungary, a planned capitalist economy was transformed into a socialist economy. The chapter analyses how technology, infrastructure, and nuclear weapons were used to create a new geopolitical environment that was affected by the growing colonial relations and preexisting political networks.

Keywords:   state planning, socialism, Hungary, planned capitalist economy, socialist economy, technology, Stalinism, infrastructure

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