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This volume provides an up-to-date and comprehensive survey of Hungarian history, from the pre-historic age to the present day. 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 Germanic and Russian lands. The author also explores the factors involved in the centuries-long process which has put Hungary at a disadvantage in coping with the challenges of modernity, including the country's economic backwardness, the social structure, revolutions, wars of independence, and territorial losses. A brief epilogue looks at Hungary's present process of transition to democracy.

Praise For…

"Kontler...goes beyond basic information to provide penetrating interpretations of crucial moments in the Hungarian past."--P.W. Knoll, Choice
"Clearly conscientious and knowledgeable."--Tibor Fischer, The Guardian
"Rigorous analysis, strongly recommended to advanced students of history."--Istvan Deak, Times Literary Supplement
"A detailed, sophisticated treatment of the entire sweep of Hungary's long history."--Rebecca Gates-Coon, Austrian History Yearbook
"This is a magnificent work and, indeed, the best survey of Hungarian history ever published in any language.. . . This is a book which serves not only the general reader but also the specialist with an interest in just one part of Hungary's history. It is comprehensive, inspiring and provoking." --Martyn Rady, University of London

Product Details
ISBN: 9781403903174
ISBN-10: 1403903174
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
Publication Date: December 1st, 2006
Pages: 507
Language: English