Projects

The Learned Monk and Monastic Revival in England

This article has been submitted to Graduate History Review, University of Victoria and is presently in peer-review.

Abstract: 

The history of medieval religious orders during the establishment of universities in England is one of great controversy and scholarly intrigue. This paper will challenge what many contemporary historians have labelled a genuine monastic decline formalized by the Dissolution. The perception among the plurality of existing sources maintains a belief in a lasting monastic decline. However, a decline in absolute terms does not accurately describe the role of monastic communities during a period of great change and transformation. This work shall examine the ability and effectiveness in which religious orders embraced the societal stimuli of universities and came to control the system of education in England for over three centuries.

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The Medici and Jews of Florence, 1435-1571

Article submission expected in 2014

This journal submission will examine the emerging patterns of comparison between popular and ecclesiastical sentiments versus the actions of the ruling elite; and will afford a unique analysis of the dichotomy prevalent in the fifteenth and sixteenth century history of Jews on the Italian peninsula. The foci of this work will address the following question: what comparisons and conclusions may be drawn between the anti-Semitic rhetoric of popular Florentine preachers and the interaction between Jews and the Medici between 1435 and 1571.

Trianon and Hungary – Collected Works

Forthcoming publication scheduled for 2015
Edited by: Joseph Imre

The Treaty of Trianon signed June 4, 1920 signaled an end to the historic Kingdom of Hungary with over seventy-percent of its territory ceded to successor states and over 3.5 million ethnic Hungarians left outside of Hungary. The emergence of new independent states in central Europe cemented a strong ethnic divide in the region that largely remains to this day. In the 90th Anniversary year, we hope to examine the cause, the course, and the consequences of Trianon on Hungary and the region as a whole for an academic publication scheduled for 2011.

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Burgenland and the Austria Hungary Border Dispute in International Perspective, 1918-1922

This article has been submitted for peer-review with the Austrian History Yearbook (AHY)

This work will examine the intricacies of Burgenland’s contested history, its place in the birth of the Austrian and Hungarian republics, and an overview of the Austria Hungary border dispute from an international perspective. We intend to place the territorial dispute of Western Hungary within a much larger continental framework that will challenge our view of these formative events. The placing of Burgenland amid a discernible pattern of post-Habsburg disintegration and state formation will allow for this regions inclusion among a more coherent and demonstrable historiographical pattern of decline and rebirth. In retelling this historical drama, Burgenland may find a reoriented role in the contemporary history of Austria, Hungary and Central Europe.

Counter-Revolutionary Hungary, Burgenland and the Banat Leitha Republic

This paper has been accepted at the Congress of Humanities and Social Sciences 2014 Conference, and has been submitted to the Hungarian Studies Review.

This paper will present new research in a means to provide further insight into the Banat Leitha Republic and place it more distinctly within a pattern of new state formation in post-WWI Central Europe. The objective is to address the phenomenon of resistance in Western Hungary and the formation of the Banat Leitha Republic through the prism of cataclysmic change and transformation. If we may better conceptualize and comprehend the broader patterns of state formation, the construction and formation of borders and boundaries and of their political and social identities, manifestations and impact, then Burgenland may find a reoriented role in the contemporary history of Austria, Hungary and Central Europe.

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Savonarola and the World of the Renaissance

Forthcoming publication scheduled for 2015

Building on my graduate thesis: “Miserere, mei Deus: Savonarola, Reform, and the World of the Renaissance”, I intend to frame the Savonarolan legacy in Florence and Italy within the context of the 15th century conciliar movement that foreshadowed the Reformation of 1517. A strong emphasis on broadening the traditional definition of Renaissance humanism to incorporate a larger historical purpose, and thus place Savonarola within the intellectual tenants of the age, will provide for a more mature standard of analysis to be employed against Savonarola and his legacy.

Born in Exile

Forthcoming publication scheduled for 2016

Born in Exile will be my first attempt at the historical fiction genre. The plot of this text will revolve around the Hungarian Revolution of 1956 and feature several secondary characters, historical and fictitious, through the eyes of a protagonist forced to flee his homeland and live a life of ‘exile’ in a foreign and unfamiliar land. A journey of transformation for a young boy during uncertain and perilous times will speak to a generation of immigrants who’s lives were forever changed during the turbulent twentieth century.