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A Concise History of Hungary (Cambridge Concise Histories) [Paperback]

Miklós Molnár , Anna Magyar
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Book Description

April 30, 2001 0521667364 978-0521667364 1
This book offers a comprehensive thousand-year history of the land, people, society, culture and economy of Hungary, from its nebulous origins in the Ural Mountains to the 1988 elections. It tells above all the thrilling story of a people who became a great power in the region and then fought against--and were invaded by--Ottomans, Germans and Soviets. The Hungarian people preserved nevertheless a continuous individuality through their Ural-born language and a specifically Hungaro-European culture.

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Editorial Reviews


"Good illustrations and maps guide the reader through the events of the Hungarian past." CHOICE Jan 2002

"Educated general readers seeking a well-informed, readable, and current individual perspective on Hungary's national past will find this book useful." Austrian History Yearbook

Language Notes

Text: English (translation)
Original Language: French --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

Product Details

  • Series: Cambridge Concise Histories
  • Paperback: 386 pages
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press; 1 edition (April 30, 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0521667364
  • ISBN-13: 978-0521667364
  • Product Dimensions: 8.4 x 5.4 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #593,936 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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39 of 39 people found the following review helpful
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This is a surprisingly fine book. It is lively and concise. It is efficient, covering all major episodes of Hungarian history from the beginnings to about 1995. It never lingers or goes into excessive detail. The author's opinions are balanced. The translation (from French to English) is really excellently done. There could be more illustrations, but those that are included are good. The rather dull cover leads one to expect a rather dull book, but in fact it is a very satisfying one and easy to digest.
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63 of 72 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Hungarian History May 22, 2001
This is a complete and comprehensive history of the Hungarian land, people, society, culture and economy from its nebulous origins in the Ural mountains of Russia to the elections of 1988. It was written by a Hungarian born, Latin educated, French speaking, Nazi persecuted Swiss historian. The book tells the story of a once upon a time great nation that went into decline following Ottoman, Austrian and Soviet occupations at the same time preserving its unique language and European culture. The author links Hungary's political decline to its social, economic and cultural deficiencies. The country was under Hapsburg domination for four centuries and achieved its independence only after World War I, after having lost two thirds of its territory and half of its population. Now free of Soviet domination since 1990, Hungary seeks its place in the European Union of nations.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Pleasantly suprised by how readable it is December 2, 2010
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For a history book, I felt the author did an excellent job of providing a balanced and comprehensive piece of work that was also enjoyable to read. I enjoy reading history, but sometimes I find myself avoiding history books once I begin them, after the initial interest wears off. I read this on the trains of Europe, and it vastly improved my understanding of Hungary and the surrounding regions, making my visit to the area much more meaningful. This excellent book provided a clear understanding of the background of this often overlooked corner of Europe. An excellent choice for anyone traveling to Slovakia, Hungary or Transylvania.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Well structured and concise history March 18, 2010
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This is a well-written, seemingly well-researched and authenticated history of the region, people and cultures which combined to create the modern Hungary. This would be an excellent refernce for anyone planning travel to Hungary - whether for the first time or repeat vistis. It provides excellent context for many of the features Hungary in general offers and should be beneficial to the reader in engaging with the Magyar people.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Useful historical background for a tourist June 13, 2013
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I read this book to learn something about Hungarian history and culture before visiting that nation. Molnar's book is certainly informative and devotes 40% of its pages to more recent history (since 1849) than to earlier centuries. This entire history shows Hungary's many and sometimes contentious ethnic groups inhabiting a land whose history resembles that of a shuttlecock whacked about by greater powers in its neighborhood of Europe. This book is a good background for understanding its history and also events in the post-communist era.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
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What impressed me the most was the author, a historian, let his complex sentiments towards this fascinating country delicately flow through his account of the country's 800 year history, which really gave this book something more than just the history. It is like reading a story about it, all its up and downs, glory and defeats..
The translation was beautifully done; she must have had a great mastery of both French (original text, if I recall correctly) and English.
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Published on August 23, 2011 by JR
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent History
The history of Hungary is complex and long and any writer that can help the reader to comprehend the influences and changes in that course is to be highly valued. Read more
Published on July 9, 2011 by gedance
4.0 out of 5 stars The title captures well what the book provides
Miklos Molnar's "A Concise History of Hungary" provides exactly what the book's title indicates. In this entry in Cambridge University Press's "Concise Histories" series, Molnar,... Read more
Published on July 3, 2011 by Paul Haspel
2.0 out of 5 stars This is concise as it says
The History of Hungary was definately concise. I did not get to stay in one time for very long and would have liked more information in some years of Hungary's history. Read more
Published on April 16, 2011 by Neannalina
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