This new collection of studies by Gábor Gyáni, a most significant Hungarian social historian, includes 15 of his writings on diverse matters. Relative History is divided into three sections titled Cultic Past, Collective Memory of the Past and Historian’s Discourse on the Past. Though thematically diverse, the studies are unified in their purpose of clarifying the central concept of relative history – a particularly contested issue in post-communist times when the newly gained freedoms and institutionalized pluralist environment makes various forms of relativizations (of the Truth, of historian’s objectivity, of historical progress, of various conventional grand narratives, etc.) the goal of some, while at the same time these relativizations are contested and even rejected by others.
Gyáni aims to present his ideas on the matter not only on a theoretical level, but with the aim of presenting empirical proofs and “tangible” -falsifiable therefore properly scientific- statements as well.