The Hungarians: Borders of Language and Dilemmas of Identity


Yehuda Cohen, PhD (Author) – Independent Researcher, Formerly – A Postdoctoral Researcher at the Political Science Department of the Hebrew University in Jerusalem, Jerusalem, Israel

Series: Post-Nationality in the European Union’s East and North
BISAC: HIS040000

This volume provides deep insight into the Hungarians based on a detailed description of their history through more than a thousand years. The volume reaches the conclusion that, despite the national feelings of the Hungarians towards themselves and their heritage, they have recently carried out an internal process of transition over Hungarian sovereignty, having decided to grant the EU and its institutions sovereignty in Hungary over the supreme institutions of the Hungarian state, including the Parliament and the Constitutional Court. They attributed themselves to the broad European group that is in the process of crystallizing within the European Union – perhaps very much – the formation of a Pan-European nation linked to its homeland, which is Europe. The Hungarians channeled their pride as Hungarians towards standing on the path they had built within the EU’s domestic politics.

The volume describes that during the period of the existence of the Soviet bloc in Eastern Europe, their Prime Minister, Kádár, the Communist-Hungarian leader who led them, was viewed by them as a person who protected Hungarian interests and character. Such preservation of Hungarian interests and character also existed during the Austro-Hungarian Empire period. For hundreds of years before the Turkish-Ottoman occupation, which lasted for 150 years, the Hungarians had been ruled by their own monarchy, of which the Hungarians were proud.

Since their arrival in the Carpathian Basin at the end of the 9th century under the leadership of Árpád and the acceptance of Christianity by them towards the year 1000, the Hungarians experienced major national events, including the Mongol invasion of Hungary in 1241, in which half of all Hungarians were killed. Following this invasion and the devastating loss of life that took place, the Hungarians absorbed many Europeans, mainly from Germany, who then became Hungarians.

The Hungarian peasantry’s involvement in political events of the Hungarians began before the peasants’ rebellion led by Dózsa in 1514. This created a Hungarian folk nationality – more than 300 years before the idea of ​​nationality emerged in Europe.

This volume is authored by Dr. Yehuda Cohen, who has intensively studied 10 European groups in two series dealing with nationality and post-nationality in Europe; he presents the novel notion that one pan-European nationality may take the place of a national vacuum that has been created in Europe after national groups in continental Europe have become post-nationalities. The ten groups investigated by Dr. Cohen are the Germans, the French, the Spanish, the Italians, the British, the Dutch, the Poles, the Hungarians, the Bulgarians and the Swedes. Of all these, the British alone were found to keep their nationality and prefer it over their European affiliation; the British alone were thus expected to leave the EU (the volume on the British coming to that conclusion had been published in 2014, more than a year before the referendum about the Brexit). Dr. Cohen also recently published a book on Islam and Muslims in Europe.
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Table of Contents

Table of Contents



Chapter 1. Hungary and the Hungarians until the Reign of István and the Beginning of Christianity

Chapter 2. Hungarians from the Kingdom of István until the Eve of the Appearance of the Ottomans

Chapter 3. Toward the Ottoman Conquest until Mohács

Chapter 4. The Period of the Ottoman Occupation

Chapter 5. The Enslavement of the Habsburgs to the Austro-Hungarian Equality Ferenc Rákóczi and His War against Freedom in Front of the Habsburgs

Chapter 6. The Hungarians in Equal Status to Austrians until the End of World War I

Chapter 7. From the End of World War I until the End of World War II

Chapter 8. From the end of World War II until the Eve of Hungary’s Accession to the EU

Chapter 9. The First Years within the Framework of the EU and the Hungarian Diaspora Around Hungary

Chapter 10. Concluding Remarks


About the Author


The book is targeted at both the academia and policy makers as well as to the broad public. It is interesting especially to:

(a) Scholars of
a. EU political sciences
b. History
(b) EU policy makers in both European and states’ levels as well as medium level officers, including:
a. European Commission politicians and staff
b. European parliament’s members and advisers
c. Governmental officials and politicians in EU states
(c) European countries’ broad public and,
(d) European mass media journalists and editors.

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