The Hungarians: A Thousand Years of Victory in Defeat

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"This brief narrative of Hungarian history, elegantly translated into English, is written with verve, humor, profound insights, and just the right degree of cynicism. It well explains the dilemma of a respectable old state squeezed between more powerful neighbors, the contradictions between individual genius and repeated national failure, and the recurring tragic conflicts between the defense of nationhood and messianic nationalism. It is supplemented with fascinating essays on, for instance, the complexities of Jewish and German assimilation ...

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Overview

"This brief narrative of Hungarian history, elegantly translated into English, is written with verve, humor, profound insights, and just the right degree of cynicism. It well explains the dilemma of a respectable old state squeezed between more powerful neighbors, the contradictions between individual genius and repeated national failure, and the recurring tragic conflicts between the defense of nationhood and messianic nationalism. It is supplemented with fascinating essays on, for instance, the complexities of Jewish and German assimilation into the Hungarian nation."--Istvn Dek, Columbia University

"When Paul Lendvai, the indefatigable observer of Eastern Europe, writes a book, he has in general something exciting to relate. . . . Lendvai's book is a well-constructed mixture of historical facts, political judgments, and cultural anecdotes."--Der Spiegel

"Lendvai has written a standard-setting work, always at the highest level of historical research yet so eminently readable, so entertaining--only a journalist out of passion with profound knowledge of history is able to write in this way. . . . Lendvai's presentation of the thousand years of Hungarian history in Europe is not only comprehensive, it is also just."--Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung

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Editorial Reviews

Neue Zürcher Zeitung

An outstanding storyteller. [Lendvai] not only presents scientifically based facts and analysis but also tells the reader a story. . .. A compact overview of Hungarian history, a wonderful collection of biographical sketches and a subtle description of the 'Hungarian temperament'.
Washington Times - Stephen Goode
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.
Times Literary Supplement - Istvan Deak
The writing of national histories is . . . justified by the erudition and intellectual brilliance of the [author]. To this one must add, as a special attraction, the charm, wit and healthy cynicism of The Hungarians.
Hungarian Quarterly - Nicolas Parsons
[R]ewarding, entertaining, and well written. . . . [F]ar more substantial than the witty musings to be found, for example, in Luigi Barzini's The Italians. . . . No one who is interested in Hungary should miss reading this book.
The Montreal Gazette - Anne Gyulai
An exhaustive history of the Hungarian people. . . . The author has written a sympathetic account of Hungarian history. Yet the book also exposes the blemishes along with the heroism. . . . For those interested in the history of a art of Europe that has been shrouded in mystery and cliché, it's a helpful handbook.
The European Legacy - Norman Madarasz
It is history's destiny to stare helplessly as the past's effects on facts have them act no differently on our minds and bodies than do fictions. In his loving rendering of Hungary's troubled saga, Lendvai has shown us how our knowledge and memory are a tangle of both threads.
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"[A] glorious, immensely readable book."--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

"The writing of national histories is . . . justified by the erudition and intellectual brilliance of the [author]. To this one must add, as a special attraction, the charm, wit and healthy cynicism of The Hungarians."--Istvan Deak, Times Literary Supplement

"[R]ewarding, entertaining, and well written. . . . [F]ar more substantial than the witty musings to be found, for example, in Luigi Barzini's The Italians. . . . No one who is interested in Hungary should miss reading this book."--Nicolas Parsons, Hungarian Quarterly

"An outstanding storyteller. [Lendvai] not only presents scientifically based facts and analysis but also tells the reader a story. . .. A compact overview of Hungarian history, a wonderful collection of biographical sketches and a subtle description of the 'Hungarian temperament'."--Neue Zürcher Zeitung

"Excellently researched and masterfully constructed, this should become a standard work. . . . The book reads almost like a novel with historical background. . . . Most warmly recommended."--Die Presse

"An exhaustive history of the Hungarian people. . . . The author has written a sympathetic account of Hungarian history. Yet the book also exposes the blemishes along with the heroism. . . . For those interested in the history of a art of Europe that has been shrouded in mystery and cliché, it's a helpful handbook."--Anne Gyulai, The Montreal Gazette

"It is history's destiny to stare helplessly as the past's effects on facts have them act no differently on our minds and bodies than do fictions. In his loving rendering of Hungary's troubled saga, Lendvai has shown us how our knowledge and memory are a tangle of both threads."--Norman Madarasz, The European Legacy

Economist
[A] glorious, immensely readable book.
Washington Times
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
Times Literary Supplement
The writing of national histories is . . . justified by the erudition and intellectual brilliance of the [author]. To this one must add, as a special attraction, the charm, wit and healthy cynicism of The Hungarians.
— Istvan Deak
Hungarian Quarterly
[R]ewarding, entertaining, and well written. . . . [F]ar more substantial than the witty musings to be found, for example, in Luigi Barzini's The Italians. . . . No one who is interested in Hungary should miss reading this book.
— Nicolas Parsons
Neue Zurcher Zeitung
An outstanding storyteller. [Lendvai] not only presents scientifically based facts and analysis but also tells the reader a story. . .. A compact overview of Hungarian history, a wonderful collection of biographical sketches and a subtle description of the 'Hungarian temperament'.
Die Presse
Excellently researched and masterfully constructed, this should become a standard work. . . . The book reads almost like a novel with historical background. . . . Most warmly recommended.
The Montreal Gazette
An exhaustive history of the Hungarian people. . . . The author has written a sympathetic account of Hungarian history. Yet the book also exposes the blemishes along with the heroism. . . . For those interested in the history of a art of Europe that has been shrouded in mystery and cliché, it's a helpful handbook.
— Anne Gyulai
The European Legacy
It is history's destiny to stare helplessly as the past's effects on facts have them act no differently on our minds and bodies than do fictions. In his loving rendering of Hungary's troubled saga, Lendvai has shown us how our knowledge and memory are a tangle of both threads.
— Norman Madarasz
Times Literary Supplement
The writing of national histories is . . . justified by the erudition and intellectual brilliance of the [author]. To this one must add, as a special attraction, the charm, wit and healthy cynicism of The Hungarians.
— Istvan Deak
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780691119694
  • Publisher: Princeton University Press
  • Publication date: 7/19/2004
  • Pages: 608
  • Sales rank: 688,767
  • Product dimensions: 6.24 (w) x 8.42 (h) x 1.47 (d)

Meet the Author

Paul Lendvai is a leading European journalist and a senior television commentator with ORF, the Austrian public broadcasting corporation. Since 1973 he has been editor in chief and copublisher of the Vienna-based international quarterly "Europaische Rundschau". The recipient of numerous prizes for his writings and journalism, he is the author of ten books, including "Blacklisted: A Journalist's Life in Central Europe" (St. Martin's), "Eagles in Cobwebs: Nationalism and Communism in the Balkans", and "Anti-Semitism without the Jews: Communist Eastern Europe" (both Doubleday).
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Table of Contents


Foreword to the English Edition page xi
Introduction 1
1. "Heathen Barbarians" overrun Europe: Evidence from St Gallen 7
2. Land Acquisition or Conquest? The Question of Hungarian Identity 12
3. From Magyar Mayhem to the Christian Kingdom of the Árpáds 27
4. The Struggle for Continuity and Freedom 38
5. The Mongol Invasion of 1241 and its Consequences 49
6. Hungary's Rise to Great Power Status under Foreign Kings 62
7. The Heroic Age of the Hunyadis and the Turkish Danger 75
8. The Long Road to the Catastrophe of Mohács 86
9. The Disaster of Ottoman Rule 94
10. Transylvania-the Stronghold of Hungarian Sovereignty 106
11. Gábor Bethlen-Vassal, Patriot and European 114
12. Zrinyi or Zrinski? One Hero for Two Nations 126
13. The Kuruc Leader Thököly: Adventurer or Traitor? 137
14. Ferenc Rákóczi's Fight for Freedom from the Habsburgs 145
15. Myth and Historiography: an Idol through the Ages 155
16. Hungary in the Habsburg Shadow 160
17. The Fight Against the "Hatted King" 177
18. Abbot Martinovics and the Jacobin Plot 183
19. Count István Széchenyi and the "Reform Era": the "Greatest Hungarian" 191
20. Lajos Kossuth and Sándor Petöfi: Symbols of 1848 206
21. Victories, Defeat and Collapse: the Lost War of Independence, 1849 222
22. Kossuth the Hero versus "Judas" Görgey: "Good" and "Bad" in Sacrificial Mythology 242
23. Who was Captain Gusev? Russian "Freedom Fighters" between Minsk and Budapest 260
24. Elisabeth, Andrássy and Bismarck: Austria and Hungary on the Road to Reconciliation 266
25. Victory in Defeat: the Compromise and the Consequences of Dualism 281
26. Total Blindness: The Hungarian Sense of Mission and the Nationalities 299
27. The "Golden Age" of the Millennium: Modernization with Drawbacks 310
28. "Magyar Jew or Jewish Magyar?" A Unique Symbiosis 329
29. "Will Hungary be German or Magyar?" The Germans' Peculiar Role 348
30. From the Great War to the "Dictatorship of Despair": the Red Count and Lenin's Agent 356
31. The Admiral on a White Horse: Trianon and the Death Knell of St Stephen's Realm 373
32. Adventurers, Counterfeiters, Claimants to the Throne: Hungary as Troublemaker in the Danube Basin 389
33. Marching in Step with Hitler: Triumph and Fall. From the Persecution of Jews to Mob Rule 406
34. Victory in Defeat: 1945-1990 427
35. "Everyone is a Hungarian": Geniuses and Artists 466
Summing-up 504
Notes 508
Chronology of Significant Events in Hungarian History 533
Index 557
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    Fragmented but well written and informative

    Lendvai's thousand-year history of Hungary and the Magyar people is presented more as a collection of important episodes in Hungarian history than as a smooth narrative, so there are some odd jumps here and there - but overall the book is highly informative, very detailed, if a bit dry. It's hard to convey the passion and emotion tied to the historic events related here in this kind of text, but the feeling comes through in parts.

    Lendvai works a bit too closely to the idea of "national characteristics" for my taste, I suppose that's somewhat understandable given the purpose of the book but I think it can mask motives and discount individual personalities.

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