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ISBN: 1857252128
Author: Bryan Cartledge
Language: English
Publisher: Timewell Press (January 1, 2006)
Pages: 624
Category: Humanities
Subcategory: Other
Rating: 4.2
Votes: 485
Size Fb2: 1476 kb
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The Will to Survive is set to become the standard work on Hungary. -International Affairs. Another helpful feature of the book are some of the discussions of economic development in Hungarian history.

The Will to Survive is set to become the standard work on Hungary. It is incredible to read that serfdom existed even up to the twentieth century in Hungary.

Bryan Cartledge's history of Hungary is just such a book. It only stays constrained to 500 pages because of its very small typeface - published in a typical 11- or 12-point font, the book might well stretch to 800 pages or so. All for a relatively small country like Hungary? When the country in concern has been aEvery now and then, a comprehensive history of a single nation achieves the scope of a work like Norman Davies' Europe, encompassing thousands of years and a cast of hundreds. Bryan Cartledge's history of Hungary is just such a book.

Sir Bryan Cartledge studied history at Cambridge and Oxford. Cartledge became captivated by Hungarian history

Sir Bryan Cartledge studied history at Cambridge and Oxford. After joining the British Foreign Service in 1960, he enjoyed a spectacularly successful diplomatic career, serving as private secretary for Overseas Affairs to two prime ministers and as ambassador to Hungary (1980-83) and the Soviet Union (1985-88). He was knighted in 1985. Cartledge became captivated by Hungarian history. His book, The Will to Survive, is not only a labor of love but also a thoroughly scholarly work that should be on the shelves of experts and interested readers alike.

The Will to Survive describes how a small country, for much of its existence squeezed between two empires, surrounded by hostile neighbours and subjected to invasion and occupation, survived the frequent tragedies of its eventful history to become a sovereign democratic republic within the European Union.

Sir Bryan Cartledge served in the British Diplomatic Service from 1960 to 1988. His fondness and fascination for Hungarians and their history dates back to his time as Ambassador in Hungary during the early 1980s. The result of his labour of love is a tome that weighs in at 604 densely printed pages. Non-native readers may be discouraged by the minutiae even if they are delivered with style and gusto.

The Will to Survive: A History of Hungary (2007 and published by Columbia University Press in 2011) a highly acclaimed volume by Bryan Cartledge, former British diplomat.

New York: Oxford University Press, 2011.

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.

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The author opens this book by saying that “nations need myths”, a statement that may immediately raises questions in the reader’s mind as to the ability of the author to distinguish myth from real history. Such doubts, if they exist, do not really need to be addressed since books of history should be read and studied with an attitude of strong skepticism. The history of history-writing is frequently marked by sycophancy to political leaders or ideology, and therefore a highly critical frame of mind, indeed one that has a degree of skepticism that is even greater than what is exhibited in the scientific community, is required. That being said, those engaging in the study of books of history should not expect that historians can be free of bias, no matter how they discipline themselves in this regard.

The author of this fascinating and enjoyable book has biases to be sure, and from time to time imputes moods and other mental attitudes to historical figures that would be difficult if not impossible to verify. For example, his bias against socialist and communist doctrine, comes out towards the end of the book, but also manifesting itself in various places in the early chapters. But the supplied references and the manner of writing is very helpful for readers who have a sincere desire to understand the history of Hungary and the role it played in the history of Europe. And since the author played an active personal role in Hungary in modern times, this would justifiably lead the reader to believe in his analysis of the history of Hungary in the last decades of the twentieth century.

It is refreshing to read that the early Hungarians did not willingly drink of the rancid ale of Catholicism, but instead had to be dragged to it by the likes of Stephen I and Andrew I. As was typical of the time, the Catholics obtained converts by force and not by persuasion, and as the author explains the Catholic church was supported financially by tithing. The resistance to religion is a sign of the Hungarian penchant for independence, but unfortunately they surrendered this independence at various times throughout their history. A modern example was their choice to ally with the Nazi regime, and this alliance resulted in them being under the yoke of the Soviet Union for many decades.

Another helpful feature of the book are some of the discussions of economic development in Hungarian history. The author cannot of course give the details of this development without swelling the book to an unmanageable size. It is incredible to read that serfdom existed even up to the twentieth century in Hungary. Warfare and the desire to control surrounding areas and expand borders quite expectedly cause d Hungarians many hardships.

One need only witness the overabundance of the fruit and vegetable markets in Budapest today to reach the conclusion that the Hungarians have come a long way, and hopefully they can sustain the cosmopolitan attitudes that brought them to their current status of relative opulence. A country can sustain and enjoy its cultural and historical heritage without demanding other cultures to recognize it as such. It can have and preserve its own unique language without insisting on the purity (or superiority) of its vocabulary and grammatical constructions. It can be surrounded by nations that may not match up to its scientific, artistic, and literary accomplishments and still exercise humility when assessing these achievements. If Hungarians would have thought of themselves as having no special status relative to other countries and cultures, they might have avoided a great deal of heartache and pain throughout their history.
Nikok
Full disclosure as the author and I were at school together.The book fully lived up to expectations. There is a feast of information presented in a readily understandable and sympathetic way. It is a highly recommended read, at leisure, for anyone remotely interested in Hungary and its talented citizens.
Sir Bryan brings his outstanding academic, historian, and diplomatic pedigree to focus on what was clearly a labour of love.
Water
Excellently written and very comprehensive. It is giving me exactly the education in the history of Hungary that I hoped.
Dozilkree
We Americans know so little of that part of the world. I traveled there a few weeks ago and needed to know more. It is a wonderful start to a long overdue education on Eastern Europe
Trex
This is a great read to help understand my Hungarian heritage.
Beahelm
It lived up its reputation as the best history of Hungary in English.
Adokelv
5 stars
Love this book, Easy to read and more like a biography of a person than history which can be a little boring. Nevertheless it is not short on facts. No need to read from the start (although you will want to) can be started at any particular period in time.
If you like a book you can 'get your teeth into' you will love this.

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