George Schwab is professor of history at the City University of New York (Graduate Center and City College). President of the National Committee on American Foreign Policy, Dr. Schwab is a recipient of numerous grants and is the author, editor, and translator of works on great power rivalry, legal and political theory, and German history. His The Challenge of the Exception (2nd ed., Greenwood Press, 1989) was the first book of Schmitt's ideas to appear in English.
Erna Hilfstein received her PhD in the history of science and has taught mathematics and science for many years in the New York City public school system.
The book systematically shows the foreign policy priorities set by Hungary's freely elected governments. It discusses how Hungary succeeded in freeing itself from the past restraints of the Warsaw Pact and the Commecon and other formal and informal agreements with the Soviet Union and the Socialist bloc countries. At the same time, the economic difficulties caused by the break-up of the Socialist market are considered. Hungarian decision-makers have unequivocally committed themselves to pursuing economic integration with the European Union and have applied for membership in NATO. Unfortunately, Soviet-enforced harmony has disappeared and old ethnic antagonisms have resurfaced. Unless the growing tension between Hungary and its neighbors, Slovakia and Romania--countries with large Hungarian minorities--are resolved, their admission into the European Union and NATO will be jeopardized.
Legality and Legitimacy is sure to provide a compelling reference point in contemporary debates over the challenges facing constitutional democracies today. In addition to Jeffrey Seitzer’s translation of the 1932 text itself, this volume contains his translation of Schmitt’s 1958 commentary on the work, extensive explanatory notes, and an appendix including selected articles of the Weimar constitution. John P. McCormick’s introduction places Legality and Legitimacy in its historical context, clarifies some of the intricacies of the argument, and ultimately contests Schmitt’s claims regarding the inherent weakness of parliamentarism, constitutionalism, and the rule of law.