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The Hungarians


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1. Barbarians over-run Europe; 2. Land settlement or robbery: the question of Hungarian identity; 3. From the Magyar invasion to the Christian kingdom of Arpads; 4. The struggle over continuity and freedom; 5. The Mongolian invasion of 1241 and its consequences; 6. Hungary becomes a great power under foreign rule; 7. The heroic age of the Hundayi against the Turkish menace; 8. The long road to the catastrophe of Mohacs; 9. This disaster of Turkish domination; 10. Siebenburgen as the stronghold of Hungarian statehood; 11. Gabor Bethlem -- vassal, patriot and European; 12. Zrinyi or Zrinski? Hero of two nations; 13. The rebel leader Thokkoly; 14. The freedom struggle of Ferenc II Rakoczi against the Habsburgs; 15. Myth and historiography; 16. Hungary in the shadow of the Habsburgs; 17. The struggle against the 'King with the Hat'; 18. Abbot Matinovics and the Jacobin conspiracy 19. Count Istvan 'Szechougi and the 'Age of Reform': Rise and fall of Greater Hungary; 20. Lajos Kossuth and Sandor Pefofi: Symbols of the 1848 Revolution; 21. History, defeat and collapse; 22. Kossuth the hero and 'Judas' Gorgey; 23. Who was Captain Gusev?; 24. Empress Elisabeth, Andrassy and Bismarck; 25. Victory in Defeat: the 1867 Settlement; 26. The delusion of being without frontiers; 27. The golden age of the Millennium; 28. Hungarian Jews or Jewish Hungarians?; 29. Will Hungary be Hungarian or German?; 30. From the First World War to the 'Dictatorship of Despair'; 31 The Admiral on horseback; 32. Adventurer, counterfeiter, pretender to the throne: Hungary as the troubled man of the Danube Basin 33. Marching in step with Hitler; 34. Victory in Defeat: 1945 to 1990 35. 'Everyman is a Hungarian': men of genius and culture; 36. Chronology of Hungarian history

About the Author

Paul Lendvai fled to Vienna in 1957, months after the Soviet repression of the rising in his native Hungary. For twenty-two years he worked for the Financial Times, then became head of Radio Austria International. His previous books include 'Blacklisted: A Journalist's Life in Central Europe'.


Glorious, immensely readable * The 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 many extraordinary individuals, admirable and otherwise, we come across in this small nation's history. -- Stephen Goode, Washington Times
When Paul Lendvai, the indefatigable observer of Eastern Europe, writes a book, he usually has something exciting to relate. . . . This book is a well-constructed mixture of historical facts, political judgements, and cultural anecdotes. * Der Spiegel *
This narrative of Hungarian history, elegantly translated into English, is written with verve, profound insights and just the right degree of cynicism. -- Istvan Deak, Columbia University
Researched and constructed in a masterly fashion, this should become a standard work on Hungary. . . . It reads almost like a historical novel . . . warmly recommended. * Die Presse *

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