The Spirit of Hungary : A Panorama of Hungarian History and Culture (Third Edition)

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The Spirit of Hungary: A Panorama of Hungarian History and Culture includes these events that molded the nation's soul:

The arrival into the Carpathian Basin...the conversion to Christianity...the glory years of wealth and power...the Mongol invasion...the tragic battle of Mohacs, followed by 150 years of Turkish rule...the struggle and compromise with the Hapsburgs...wars of liberation led by Rakoczi and Kossuth...Hungary's dismemberment at Trianon in 1920...the Horthy era...Communist rule..."glory in defeat"--the Revolution of 1956...the struggle for survival of Hungarian ethnics in neighboring states..."glory in victory"--the bloodless revolution of 1989...a "nation without boundaries."

This book also provides witness to history through colorful biographies, including:

-Saint Stephen, who Christianized a nation of pagan warriors -Janos Hunyadi, the Defender of Christendom -Matthias, the Renaissance King -Ferenc Rakoczi, who held Europe's largest empire at bay with his ragtag army for eight years -Louis Kossuth, who was compared to Moses and Washington during his triumphant tour of America in 1851 -Queen Elizabeth, who became Hungary's "Guardian Angel" during her bittersweet life. -Cardinal Mindszenty, who defied Communist rule -and many others.

The Spirit of Hungary also provides a panorama of Hungarian culture, including its language, music, art, and literature.

Chapters on the "Hungarian Genius" and "A Nation of Champions" cover world-class achievements science, medicine, mathematics, and sports.

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Emerging from author Stephen Sisa's exhaustive research and his knack for the interesting and colorful, this landmark work illuminates the drama, the struggles, the pinnacles, the depths, the genius, the indomitable Magyar spirit which mark the 1100-year rhapsody of this nation's existence.

All this comes alive on 374 album-sized pages with 260 illustrations and 35 maps that reflect the panorama of Hungarian history and culture. Includes an index.

From Library Journal:

Sisa's expanded second edition (a first appeared in Canada in 1983) seeks to "illuminate the spirit of Hungary" and "bring out the soul of a people" through "biographical close-ups." It succeeds with a lively, fast-paced narrative abundantly enhanced by hundreds of engaging illustrations (of only medium quality of reproduction), numerous maps, and a plethora of apt quotations from chronicles, histories, poems, and literature (some without precise citation). Sisa's limpid, careful prose also delves broadly into Hungarian art, music, science, and literature. This is a rich, popular amalgam of national legends, myth, and history, written for a broad novice reader ship. It could be nicely complemented by the more rigorous cooperative scholarship of History of Hungary, edited by Peter Sugar ( LJ 11/15/90). Recommended for public libraries.
- James B. Street, Santa Cruz P.L., Cal.
Copyright 1991 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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