This book is the first monograph-length study based on archival research in Hungary and Russia. It examines the history of Hungary's attempts to establish and carry on trade relations with the Soviet Union during the interwar years. For Hungary, economic relations were motivated by the need for raw materials for its industries and a market for its finished industrial products. For the Soviet Union economic ties with Hungary were based on political considerations.
Attila Seres is the deputy director of the Hungarian Cultural, Scientific and Information Center in Moscow. He received his PhD in 2006 from Eotvos Lorand University in Budapest. Before taking his post in Russia, he was research associate from 2003 to 2011 at the Institute of History of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences. He is the author of a monograph and of numerous articles on Hungarian-Russian and Hungarian-Romanian relations.