• Barry Turner
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Records date back to 9 BC, when the Romans subdued the Celts to establish Pannonia. From the 5th century both Romans and Celts retreated before attacks from the Huns who were followed by the Avars in the 7th century and the Magyars in the 9th. It was then that the name On ogur (‘ten arrows’) was adopted for the country that was to become Hungary. The founding date of Hungary is put at 896 after which Árpád, leader of one of the Magyar tribes, forged a dynasty which ruled Hungary until 1301. Forays into Italy, Germany, the Balkans and Spain ended after the Magyars were defeated by Holy Roman Emperor Otto I at the battle of Lechfeld in 955, and the Ostmark (Austria) was returned to Germanic control.


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Further Reading

  1. Bozóki, A., et al., (eds.) Post-Communist Transition: Emerging Pluralism in Hungary. London, 1992Google Scholar
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  7. Molnár, Miklós, A Concise History of Hungary. CUP, 2001CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  8. Rose-Ackerman, Susan, From Elections to Democracy: Building Accountable Government in Hungary and Poland. CUP, 2007Google Scholar
  9. Schiemann, John W., The Politics of Pact-Making: Hungary’s Negotiated Transition to Democracy in Comparative Perspective. Palgrave Macmillan, Basingstoke, 2005CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  10. Szekely, I. P., Hungary: an Economy in Transition. CUP, 1993Google Scholar
  11. Turner, Barry, (ed.) Central Europe Profiled. Macmillan, London, 2000Google Scholar

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