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A History of Hungary

Millennium in Central Europe

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12 December 2006

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A History of Hungary: Millennium in Central Europe provides a comprehensive yet approachable survey of Hungarian history from the prehistoric age to the present day. Politics and culture, economic, social and intellectual...

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A History of Hungary: Millennium in Central Europe provides a comprehensive yet approachable survey of Hungarian history from the prehistoric age to the present day. Politics and culture, economic, social and intellectual developments, and the wider European context are integrated in a single narrative.László Kontler adeptly steers the reader through ancient times, the great migration of peoples, and the creation and troubles of a Christian monarchy that arose in the region wedged between the Baltic and the Balkans, and the Germanic and Russian lands. He then explores factors such as socio-economic backwardness and foreign rule which put Hungary at a disadvantage in coping with the challenges of modernity - a process marked by revolutions, wars of independence, historic compromises and territorial losses. The book includes a detailed discussion of the 'socialist' period, while a brief Epilogue assesses the achievements and the difficulties of the present process of transition to democracy.

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Provides a detailed yet accessible survey of the history of Hungary, from prehistoric times to the present day
Contains the first comprehensive discussion of the 'socialist' period in a study of Hungary's history
Uses original research to approach controversial issues and debates from a new perspective

Preface
Introduction
Reflections in Symbolic Geography
The Land, the Peoples, the Migrations
The Making of a Medieval Monarchy (895-1301)
Golden Ages and Decline (1301-1526)
Wedged Between Empires (1526-1711)
Enlightenment, Reform and Revolution (1711-1849)
The Advent of Modernity and the Persistence of the Old Regime (1849-1918)
In Search of an Identity (1918-1945)
Utopias and their Failures (1945-1989)
Epilogue
List of Maps
Note on Pronunciation
Bibliography
Index.

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LÁSZLÓ KONTLER is Head of History at The Central European University in Budapest.

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LÁSZLÓ KONTLER is Head of History at The Central European University in Budapest.

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