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Author Varady, Tibor, 1939- author.

Title People in spite of history : stories found in an attorney archive in the Banat region / Tibor Várady ; [translated by] János Boris, Owen Good, Péter Lengyel Balikó
Published Budapest, Hungary ; New York : Central European University Press, 2021
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Contents On the relevance of history -- Three Becskerek stories -- Hungarian stories of Banat -- A story from the border of Banat -- Divorces, near divorces, and sham divorces -- Legends checked in legal files -- The development of the economic situation -- Exploiting fascism and anti-fascism in disputes between neighbors and churches
Summary "Three generations of a family of lawyers have run a firm founded in 1893 in the small city of Becskerek (today in Serbian Zrenjanin), first part of the Austro-Hungarian Habsburg monarchy, then Hungary, then Yugoslavia, then for a while under German occupation, then again part of Yugoslavia and finally Serbia. In the Banat district of the province of Vojvodina, the multiplicity of languages and religions and changes of place-names was a matter of course. What is practically unprecedented, all files, folders and documents of the law office have survived. They concern marriages, divorces, births and testaments, as well as expulsions, emigrations, incarcerations and releases of these largely rural and small-town dwellers. Mundane cases reflect times through war, peace, revolution and counter-revolution, through serfdom and freedom, through comfort and poverty. The files also show everyday lives shaped in spite of history. Tibor Várady transforms them into affecting and vivid vignettes, selecting and commenting without sentimentality but with empathy. The law office of the three generations of the Várady family demonstrates that the legal profession permits and in difficult times even requires its members to defend the ordinary men and women against the powers of state and society"-- Provided by publisher
Notes Description based on online resource; title from digital cover (viewed on March 17, 2021)
Subject Law offices -- Serbia -- Zrenjanin -- History
Lawyers -- Serbia -- Zrenjanin -- History
Practice of law -- Serbia -- Zrenjanin -- History
HISTORY / Europe / Eastern
Law offices.
Practice of law.
Serbia -- Zrenjanin.
Genre/Form History.
Form Electronic book
Author Boris, János, translator.
Good, Owen, translator.
Lengyel Balikó, Péter, translator.
LC no. 2020048006
ISBN 9633864089