The Hungarians, The
A Thousand Years of Victory in Defeat
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Hungarians, The by Paul Lendvai
Book DescriptionThis is a comprehensive history of a legendarily proud and passionate but lonely people. Much of Europe once knew them as "child-devouring cannibals" and "bloodthirsty Huns" but it was not long before the Hungarians became steadfast defenders of Christendom and fought heroic freedom struggles against the Tartars, the Turks and, among others, the Russians. Paul Lendvai tells how, despite a string of catastrophes and their linguistic and cultural isolation, the Hungarians have survived as a nation-state for more than 1000 years. He 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. Lendvai brings to life the short-lived revolutionary triumphs of 1848-9 and 1918-19; the traumatic Treaty of Trianon (1920) which deprived Hungary of Transylvania and other historic Magyar lands; and the successive Nazi and Communist tyrannies. These are among the episodes that have formed the consciousness of the Hungarian people. Through anecdotes of heroes and traitors, victors and victims, geniuses and impostors, Lendvai conveys the multifaceted interplay, on the grand stage of Hungarian history, of progressivism and economic modernisation versus intolerance and narrow-minded nationalism. This work is a blend of narrative, irony and humour, occasional anger without taboos or prejudices. It also offers an authoritative key to understanding how and why this corner of Europe produced such a galaxy of great scientists, artists and entrepreneurs.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9781850656821
(234mm x 156mm x 34mm)
Imprint: C Hurst & Co Publishers Ltd
Publisher: C Hurst & Co Publishers Ltd
Publish Date: 11-Dec-2002
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
Books By Author Paul Lendvai
Hungary, Hardback (April 2012)
How has Hungary, a country once in the vanguard of political and economic reform under Communism, become a chilling example of the new threats confronting democracy in Central Europe? Lendvai offers readers an unsparing and dispassionate account, based on his intimate personal knowledge of Hungary's major political figures and its political culture
One Day That Shook the Communist World, Hardback (March 2008)» View all books by Paul Lendvai
On October 23, 1956, a popular uprising against Soviet rule swept through Hungary like a force of nature, only to be mercilessly crushed by Soviet tanks twelve days later. This book presents an eyewitness account and an history of the uprising in Hungary that heralded the future liberation of Eastern Europe.
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Author Biography - Paul Lendvai
Paul Lendvai fled to Vienna in 1957, months after the Soviet repression of the rising in his native Hungary. For twenty-two year 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, St Martin's Press, 1998.
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