Will to Survive: A History of Hungary

Paperback | May 3, 2011

byBryan Cartledge

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The Will to Survive describes how a small country, for much of its existence squeezed between two empires, surrounded by hostile neighbours and subjected to invasion and occupation, survived the frequent tragedies of its eventful history to become a sovereign democratic republic within theEuropean Union. The Mongol, Ottoman, Habsburg, Nazi and Soviet empires have all since vanished; but Hungary, a victim of all five and despite suffering the consequences of being on the losing side in every war she has fought, still occupies the territory the Magyar tribes claimed for themselves inthe ninth century. The author, whose interest in Hungary stems from his service there as British Ambassador during the declining years of Kadar's Communist regime, traces Hungary's story from the arrival of the Magyars in Europe to the accession of Hungary to membership of NATO and the European Union. The elevenhundred years covered by this stirring account embrace medieval greatness, Turkish occupation, Habsburg domination, unsuccessful struggles for independence, massive deprivation of territory and population after the First World War, a disastrous alliance with Nazi Germany motivated by the hope ofredress, and forty years of Soviet-imposed Communism interrupted by a gallant but brutally suppressed revolution in 1956.

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The Will to Survive describes how a small country, for much of its existence squeezed between two empires, surrounded by hostile neighbours and subjected to invasion and occupation, survived the frequent tragedies of its eventful history to become a sovereign democratic republic within theEuropean Union. The Mongol, Ottoman, Habsburg, ...

After taking a double first in history at Cambridge and continuing his historical studies as a Research Fellow of St Antony's College, Oxford, Bryan Cartledge joined the British Diplomatic Service in 1960, subsequently serving in Sweden, the Soviet Union and Iran. He was seconded to 10 Downing Street as Private Secretary for Overseas ...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:600 pages, 5.98 × 9.41 × 1.42 inPublished:May 3, 2011Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199327343

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