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A Concise History of Hungary

(Cambridge Concise Histories)

3.66  ·  Rating details ·  104 ratings  ·  14 reviews
This book offers a comprehensive thousand-year history of the land, people, society, culture and economy of Hungary, from its nebulous origins in the Ural Mountains to the 1988 elections. It tells above all the thrilling story of a people who became a great power in the region and then fought against--and were invaded by--Ottomans, Germans and Soviets. The Hungarian people ...more
Paperback, 390 pages
Published March 5th 2001 by Cambridge University Press (first published January 1st 1980)
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Mieczyslaw Kasprzyk
This is a highly informative book on a most interesting topic. The history of Eastern and Central European countries is not well-known in the West and should be. The history of Hungary is fascinating so this book should be gripping from the start. Sadly it is let down by a poor translation (from French but presumably from the original Hungarian?). Sentence structures can be convoluted and awkward and, as a result, the flow of history is sometimes enigmatic and a lot of the time you have to re-re ...more
Dana Bolink
Jan 04, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: history, non-fiction
The book offers what the title says: a concise history of Hungary. If you're interest in the country goes beyond that of a tourist, I would recommend you give it a read. The back cover gives a rather good summary of what's in the book itself: "This book offers a comprehensive thousand-year history of the land, people, society, culture and economy of Hungary, from its nebulous origins in the Ural Mountains to the 1988 elections. It tells above all the thrilling story of a people who became a grea ...more
Michlt
Aug 06, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Complex but worthwhile

Most of the narrative deals with Hungary prior to the 19th Century, but establishes a solid foundation for the political and economic tendencies that continue to the present day. Contemporary events are not part of the story which ends with the 1998 election.
J.M. Hushour
Feb 14, 2013 rated it liked it
Not bad, especially with the earlier bits, but once you get up to post World War I, the book becomes a paean to the author's grousy, bitchy attitude. Seriously, I understand how terrible it must've been to live through some of the 20th century scene, but, Miklos, suckah, ease up on the diatribe and lay some muthafuckin' history on me, bee-yotch. Left me "Hungary" for more, to say the least.
Jpp
Pas toujours bien structuré et manquant parfois de nous montrer l'essentiel, ce livre est difficile à suivre pour ceux qui n'ont pas une base très solide sur la Hongrie. Il parvient cependant à montrer la grandeur de ce pays avec lequel la France a eu trop de rendez vous manqués.
Eino
May 08, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: hungary
The topic is vast but well covered. The author could think of a more fluent narrative and avoid jumping back and forth and saying "but more on that later" on every other page. The interpreter, who was presumably translating from French, could have done a better job. For example, instead of Coloman the Learned, the interpreter decided to name the king Coloman le Bibliophile. Just don't be so lazy and check for the king's proper English name! I know it was probably translated before Wikipedia, but ...more
Paul Haspel
Oct 01, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: hungary
In A Concise History of Hungary, Miklós Molnár provides what the book's title promises: a setting forth of Hungary's complex and often tragic history within the relatively manageable scope of 356 pages, not counting the index. For this work, an entry in Cambridge University Press's "Cambridge Concise Histories" series, Molnár goes as far back as historical evidence will allow and takes the reader as far forward as Hungary's 1998 elections. In the process, Molnár gives due weight to all the major ...more
Rich Kooyer
I wrote a book about the Hungarian Revolution and I would put this book on the top of my Bibliography if it would have fit in the alphabetical order.

As with most history books, it's set in good order from beginning to end. It fits all of the usual holes that you would expect from a Cambridge book of History. The detail is great and is a wonderful source of knowing more about how the current country came to be.
Smh624
Jul 04, 2012 rated it liked it
Worth reading if you have a strong attachment to Hungary (my mother-in-law immigrated to the US from Hungary), but not easy to read. I learned a lot, but like other reviewers, I think a Hungarian writing in French then translated to English had to lose some of the "flow" of his words.
Kayakman Kayak
Dec 21, 2007 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: hungary-related
Great introductory book for those who have little of no knowledge of the history of Hungary. While providing the reader with historical details, Molnar as tells the story in a way that connects the reader with the epic drama of the Hungarian people.
Paul
Dec 08, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: hungary
Good short history of Hungary.
Pier Olivier Parent
Une bonne introduction à l'histoire de ce pays dont je ne connaissais pas grand chose.
Kalliope
May 07, 2012 marked it as to-read
I understand this is a translation from the French edition (Histoire de l'Hongrie) which is itself a transaltion of the Hungarian. Plan to read the French edition.
Michal
Dec 16, 2015 rated it really liked it
Uneven, ranging from fascinating to boring like a secondary school history book. Worth ploughing through.
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