András Bereznay is a Hungarian-British historical cartographer and historian, specialising in the compilation of maps for historical atlases. Born in Budapest, he left Hungary in 1978 and is based in London. Bereznay has researched and compiled historical maps, on a great variety of subjects, for numerous publishers. He has a particular interest in ethnographical and other thematic maps.

András Bereznay
Budapest, Hungary
NationalityHungarian, British
Alma materUniversity of Budapest
OccupationHistorical cartographer

Education and employment Edit

Educated for five years at the Faculty of Humanities of the University of Budapest, he received the equivalent of an M.A. in History and Spanish. From 1974 to 1978 he was a freelance editor of historical maps, working for the Historical Institute of the Hungarian Scientific Academy, and preparing maps of the many-volume History of Hungary, and for a research group at ELTE University compiling a series of maps about Eastern European history.

Bereznay left Hungary in 1978 for political reasons and settled in London. He has worked as a freelance historical map editor, and as a cartographer for many British, American and other publishers. He created all the maps for The Times Atlas of European History;[1]Richard J. Evans' trilogy The Coming of the Third Reich,[2]The Third Reich in Power,[3] and The Third Reich at War;[4] and The Times Kings and Queens of the British Isles.[5] Bereznay created all the maps for Evans' 2016 The Pursuit of Power: Europe 1815-1914.[6]

Writings on political geography Edit

Bereznay has written extensively about issues of political geography: mostly in Hungarian,[7] also in English in The Times.[8] From 2008 to 2014, he was a regular contributor to Magyar Nemzet, a Hungarian national daily newspaper, with over 40 articles, both maps and accompanying text.

In 2009, he was invited to present a paper at an international conference on the Historical Cartography of Transylvania at the University of Cluj. His submission, "The depiction of Transylvania in Roumanian Historical Atlases published 1920–2000",[9] was debarred by the conference organizers.[10] His own account of this incident has been published in Hungarian.[11]

Historical Atlas of Transylvania Edit

Detail of plate 34 of Erdély történetének atlasza

In 2011, Méry Ratio published Erdély történetének atlasza (Historical Atlas of Transylvania), with text and 102 plates of maps by Bereznay.[12] A detail to the right illustrates Bereznay's use of color, texture and outline to show several features simultaneously on the same map from the atlas is shown to the right. In 2012, this atlas received a special award from the President of Hungary.[13][14] Bereznay undertook a lecture tour in Transylvania to discuss this work, and also presented it in Norway.[15][16][17]

Historical Atlas of the Gypsies Edit

In 2018, Méry Ratio published A Cigányság Történetének Atlasza (Historical Atlas of the Gypsies), with text and plates of maps by Bereznay,[18] the first historical atlas of the Romani people.[19]

Historical atlases in English Edit

In 2021, Méry Ratio published in English both Historical Atlas of Transylvania and Historical Atlas of the Gypsies: Romani History in Maps. In June 2022, these English-language editions were described as "very profound and in-depth" in a review in the CUP journal Nationalities Papers.[20]

References Edit

  1. ^ The Times Atlas of European History. Times Books. 1994. p. 4. ISBN 0-7230-0601-6.
  2. ^ Evans, Richard (2004). The Coming of the Third Reich. ISBN 978-0-14-100975-9.
  3. ^ Evans, Richard (2006). The Third Reich in Power. ISBN 978-0-14-100976-6.
  4. ^ Evans, Richard (2009). The Third Reich at War. ISBN 978-0-14-101548-4.
  5. ^ Cussans, Thomas (2002). The Times Kings and Queens of the British Isles. ISBN 978-0-00-714195-1.
  6. ^ Richard J. Evans (29 November 2016). The Pursuit of Power: Europe 1815-1914. Penguin Publishing Group. p. 6. ISBN 978-0-7352-2121-5. Retrieved 29 December 2017.
  7. ^ "IKER - Magyar Időszaki Kiadványok Repertóriuma ( AIR - Hungarian Periodicals Repertory)". Országos Széchényi Könyvtár. Retrieved 2 July 2013.
  8. ^ "Untitled Document". Retrieved 29 December 2017.
  9. ^ "(in English from page 18)" (PDF). Retrieved 2 January 2014.
  10. ^ "Transindex – Itthon – CSAK SZŐRMENTÉN - Propaganda Erdély-térképeken: egy letiltott előadás esete". Retrieved 2 January 2014.
  11. ^ András, Bereznay. "Erdély történetének bemutatása 1920 és 2000 között kiadott román történelmi atlaszokban" (PDF). Regio Kisebbség, Politika, Társadalom. Regio. Retrieved 11 August 2013.
  12. ^ Bereznay, András (2011). Erdély történetének atlasza. Méry Ratio. ISBN 978-80-89286-45-4.
  13. ^ "A köztársasági elnök különdíja a Méry Ratio könyvének". Felvidek. Retrieved 4 June 2013.
  14. ^ "Megkezdődött a könyvhét A Szép Magyar Könyv 2011 díjazottjai". Papiruszportal. Retrieved 4 June 2013.
  15. ^ "Értékek Akadémiája Székelyudvarhelyen". Archived from the original on 12 August 2013. Retrieved 2 January 2014.
  16. ^ "Népek és nyelvek a korai magyar Erdélyben - Bereznay András előadás - Incze László Céhtörténeti Múzeum - Kultúra Kézdi.Infó Hirek - Kézdivásárhely". Retrieved 2 January 2014.
  17. ^ "Beszélgetés Bereznay András térképésszel a Nagykövetségen". Archived from the original on 27 August 2013. Retrieved 2 January 2014.
  18. ^ Kolozsi, Ádám (22 August 2018). "Emberevő cigányok és újmagyarok". index.
  19. ^ Nagy, Marcelo (22 July 2018). "El primer atlas sobre la historia de los gitanos, publicado en Hungría". La Vanguardia. Retrieved 31 October 2018.
  20. ^ Ludanyi, Andrew (8 June 2022). "Historical Atlas of the Gypsies: Romani History in Maps ... Historical Atlas of Transylvania". Nationalities Papers: 1–2. doi:10.1017/nps.2022.47.

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