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Ferenc Laczo, Andras Vadas, Balint Varga (eds.): The Global History of Hungary. From the Beginnings to 1868

The second Hungarian-language volume co-edited by Ferenc Laczo, Editor of our Review of Democracy, is a major attempt to rethink the history of Hungary.

Its authors - historians, geologists, archaeologists, linguists, literary scholars, historians of books, art, architecture and religion - draw on the cross-border connections and global embeddedness of the country and its people. They analyze the stories of millennia of crucial importance, yet little known or under-recognized, in a scholarly yet accessible style. They show, in a meaningful way, the ways in which Hungary, with its changing size and shape, has been a somewhat specific but very integral part of global history over the past millennium, and how its connections have meshed with our planet over time.

Several researchers of our Democracy in History Workgroup contributed to the volume: Research Affiliate Katalin Szende wrote the chapters “Saxons Receive a Letter of Privilege” and “Bela IV Grants Privileges the Jews.” Research Affiliate Gabor Klaniczay authored the chapter “Elisabeth of the House of Arpad is Canonized.” Research Affiliate and CEU’s Pro-Rector for Budapest Laszlo Kontler contributed with the chapters “Maximilian Hell Observes the Transit of Venus” and “The Hungarian Translation of Montesquieu's The Spirit of Law is Published.” Ferenc Laczo also wrote a chapter, entitled “Adventurer and Explorer Laszlo Magyar Sails Up the Congo Estuary.”

Learn more about the book (in Hungarian) here.

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