Éva Balogh was a third-year university student when the Hungarian revolution of 1956 broke out. Fearing repraisals for publishing an underground newspaper, in December of that fateful year Éva left Hungary for Canada. After learning English she completed her university studies. Earning a PhD in History at Yale, she taught Central European history there for eight years before leaving academia to help set up a publishing and typesetting buisness called Brevis Press.
Returning to Hungary in 1993 for the first time since the fall of the Iron Curtain in 1989, Éva was astonished to discover how disappointed her former countrymen were with the government and with one another.
In 2007 Éva launched “Hungarian Spectrum”, a blog devoted exclusively to current events and issues pertaining to Hungary. She has posted over 2,500 articles ranging from politics and history to linguistics and religion, penning 99% of the articles herself. In addition to over 2,500 subscribers, some 3,000 readers visit Hungarian Spectrum every day, making it by far the most important and influential English-language blog about Hungary.
Hungarian Spectrum is also an important forum for informed discussion of topical issues, drawing the likes of Johns Hopkins’ Charles Gati, Columbia University’s Miklos Haraszti and Princeton’s Kim Lane Scheppele.