Did you know that at one point in history, Hungary was considered one of the greatest powers in Europe?
Hungary is more than just vampire stories and cheesy violin-playing waiters named “Laszlo”. It has a rich history that goes back to the first wild Magyar horsemen, who arrived there in the late ninth century. For a time, the Magyars were both mercenaries and raiders, a horse-bound version of the Vikings in France and Britain. They terrorized the populations of Austria, Germany, and even Italy and eastern France.
After the Austro-Hungarian defeat in WWI, Hungary became an independent nation. Unfortunately, its location makes it prey to the larger powers in the area, and during WWII, Hungary allied with Hitler. Following the Soviet invasion during the war, Hungary became a hardline communist state under Soviet control.
The story of the 1956 Hungarian Revolution is a sad one, but in 1989, Hungary broke free from Soviet/Russian influence. Since that time, the country has attempted to walk a fine line between the West and the East.
Inside Captivating History’s History of Hungary, you’ll discover:
The nomadic clans of the Magyar people who moved from central Asia into the areas we call Hungary today and its surroundings
That the first king of a unified Hungary is now the patron saint of the nation, Saint Stephen.
That despite his “saintliness”, Stephen often tortured his enemies and had their eyes gouged out
The dark day of August 29, 1526, when the Hungarians were defeated by the Ottomans at Mohács, which changed Hungarian history forever.
How the Austro-Hungarian Empire began
Hungary’s part in WWI, WWII, and the Holocaust
The revolt of 1956
The end of communism in 1989
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