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The Hungarians in Europe: A Thousand Years on the Frontier

Attila Pók, research fellow of iASK and Pál Fodor have written a new article: The Hungarians in Europe: A Thousand Years on the Frontier.

The article was released in Hungarian Historical Review, 2020. No. 1., p. 113-139.



The paper is a revised version of the first in a series of twelve lectures on Hungarian history at the University of Vienna, starting on October 5, 2017. It discusses some key issues of Hungarian history around the theme of continuities and discontinuities. Namely, a particular dynamism of Hungarian history derives from the incongruence between the historical narrative of the Hungarian state and the historical narrative of the Hungarian nation for extended periods during the last thousand years. The survey addresses political, social, economic and cultural aspects of Hungarian history and concludes by arguing that the adoption of Christianity and the foundation of the Hungarian state by the first king, Saint Stephen, are the longest-lasting achievements of Hungarian history, properly commemorated by the most important national holiday on August 20.


Keywords: Hungary, geopolitics, frontier experiences, periodization, continuity, discontinuity


The article is available here.


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