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Another HungaryThe Nineteenth-Century Provinces in Eight Lives$
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Robert Nemes

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780804795913

Published to Stanford Scholarship Online: January 2017

DOI: 10.11126/stanford/9780804795913.001.0001

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The Tobacconist

The Tobacconist

(p.179) 7 The Tobacconist
Another Hungary

Robert Nemes

Stanford University Press

This chapter moves into the Hungarian countryside and looks at agriculture, the engine of the economy, albeit one that sometimes raced and sometimes sputtered and stalled. It focuses on Vilmos Daróczi, a Jew who grew up in a small village and eventually made his way to Budapest. Daróczi worked as a tobacco grower, tobacco buyer, and for the last quarter-century of his life, editor of a newspaper devoted to tobacco cultivation. The northeastern counties figured prominently in Dároczi's thinking, as he dreamed of remaking the rural society from which he had emerged. Daróczi's work can help us think about Hungary's place in the global economy, about economic forces remaking the countryside, and about the connections between patriotism and consumption.

Keywords:   Vilmos Daróczi, tobacco, Szatmár County, Hungarian agriculture, backwardness, journalism, globalization

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