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The Hungarians : a thousand years of victory in defeat

The Hungarians : a thousand years of victory in defeat

Author: Paul Lendvai
Publisher: Princeton, N.J. : Princeton University Press, ©2003.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
"Lendvai, who fled Hungary in 1957, traces Hungarian politics, culture, economics, and emotions from the Magyars' dramatic entry into the Carpathian Basin in 896 to the brink of the post-Cold War era. Hungarians are ever pondering what being Hungarian means and where they came from. Yet, argues Lendvai, Hungarian national identity is not only about ancestry or language but also an emotional sense of belonging.  Read more...

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Genre/Form: History
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Paul Lendvai
ISBN: 0691114064 9780691114064 9780691119694 0691119694
OCLC Number: 51986780
Language Note: Translated from the German.
Notes: Translation of: Die Ungarn.
Chronology: p. 533-556.
Description: xii, 572 pages, 24 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 23 cm
Contents: "Heathen Barbarians" overrun Europe: evidence from St Gallen --
Land acquisition or conquest? The question of Hungarian identity --
From Magyar Mayhem to the Christian Kingdom of the Arpads --
The struggle for continuity and freedom --
The Mongol invasion of 1241 and its consequences --
Hungary's rise to great power status under foreign kings --
The Heroic Age of the Hunyadis and the Turkish danger --
The long road to the catastrophe of Mohacs --
The disaster of Ottoman rule --
Transylvania---the stronghold of Hungarian sovereignty --
Gabor Bethlen---Vassal, patriot and European --
Zrinyi of Zrinski? One hero for two nations --
The Kuruc Leader Thokoly: adventurer or traitor? --
Ferenc Rakoczi's fight for freedom from the Habsburgs --
Myth and historiography: an idol through the ages --
Hungary in the Habsburg Shadow --
The fight against the "Hatted King" --
Abbot Martinovics and the Jacobin plot. Count Istvan Szechenyi and the "Reform Era": the "Greatest Hungarian" --
Lajos Kossuth and Sandor Petofi: symbols of 1848 --
Victories, defeat and collapse: the Lost War of Independence, 1849 --
Kossuth the Hero versus "Judas" Gorgey: "Good" and "Bad" in sacrificial mythology --
Who was Captain Gusev? Russian "Freedom Fighters" between Minsk and Budapest --
Elisabeth, Andrassy and Bismarck: Austria and Hungary on the road to reconciliation --
Victory in defeat: the compromise and the consequences of dualism --
Total blindness: the Hungarian sense of mission and the nationalities --
The "Golden Age" of the millennium: modernization with drawbacks --
"Magyar Jew or Jewish Magyar?" a unique symbiosis --
"Will Hungary be German or Magyar?" The Germans' peculiar role --
From the Great War to the "Dictatorship of Despair": the Red Count and Lenin's agent --
The Admiral on a White Horse: Trianon and the Death Knel of St Stephen's realm --
Adventurers, counterfeiters, claimants to the throne: Hungary as troublemaker in the Danube Basin --
Marching in step with Hitler: triumph and fall. From the persecution of Jews to mob rule --
Victory in defeat: 1945-1990 --
"Everyone is a Hungarian": geniuses and artists --
Other Titles: Ungarn.
Responsibility: Paul Lendvai.
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Tells the story of how the Hungarians, despite a string of catastrophes and their linguistic and cultural isolation, have survived as a nation-state. This book traces Hungarian politics, culture,  Read more...


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"[A] glorious, immensely readable book."--Economist "A pleasure to read... Mr. Lendvai has done a remarkable job. His book is easily the best history of Hungary in English... What's remarkable is how Read more...

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