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Despite its relatively small size, Hungary has shown remarkable resilience in its long and difficult history, resisting hostile neighbors and the pressures of two massive neighboring empires. Subjected to invasion, occupation, and frequent historical tragedy, the country has nevertheless survived and even flourished, becoming a stable, sovereign democratic republic with a seat in the European Union.
Drawing on his experiences as ambassador to Hungary during the declining years of János Kádár's communist regime, Bryan Cartledge recreates a rich portrait of the country's political, economic, and cultural development. Spanning eleven hundred years, his account begins with the arrival of the Magyars in the ninth century and concludes with the acceptance of Hungary into NATO and the EU. Cartledge recounts Hungary's medieval greatness and its defeats at the hands of the Mongols, Turks, and Nazis. He revisits the nation's unsuccessful struggle for independence and the massive deprivations it suffered after the First World War. He also investigates Hungary's disastrous alliance with the Nazis, motivated by a hope for political redress. Cartledge provides startling insight into the experience of Soviet-imposed communism, which culminated in the brutally suppressed revolution of 1956. Exploiting his intimate knowledge of Hungary and its rich archival sources, he explains how a country can lose almost every war it has engaged in and still forge ahead stronger than before.
Bryan Cartledge studied history at Cambridge University and was a research fellow at St. Antony's College, Oxford. He 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 Affairs to James Callaghan and Margaret Thatcher and served as British Ambassador to Hungary from 1980 to 1983, and to the Soviet Union from 1985 to 1988. He left the diplomatic service on his election to principal of Linacre College, Oxford, and was knighted in 1985.
Titolo: The Will to Survive: A History of Hungary (...
Casa editrice: Columbia University Press
Data di pubblicazione: 2011
Condizione libro: very good
Descrizione libro Columbia Univ. Press, NY, 2011. Hardcover. Condizione libro: New. Condizione sovraccoperta: New. First Printing. 604pp. Color and b&w photos and illustrations. Review copy with publisher's promotional material laid-in. Size: 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾". Codice libro della libreria 076417
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Descrizione libro Columbia University Press 2011-12-13, 2011. Hardcover. Condizione libro: Fair. 1st. 0231702248 We guarantee all of our items - customer service and satisfaction are our top priorities. Please allow 4 - 14 business days for Standard shipping, within the US. Codice libro della libreria POTM-0231702248
Descrizione libro Columbia University Press. Hardcover. Condizione libro: Good. 0231702248 Bumped and creased book with tears to the extremities, but not affecting the text block - GOOD. Codice libro della libreria Z0231702248Z3