The Will to Survive is the first comprehensive history of Hungary to be published in English by a non-Hungarian since C.A.Macartney’s Hungary: A Short History (Edinburgh, 1962). It is also the first history of Hungary to be written by a former British Ambassador to that country, who witnessed the events which he records in the book’s closing chapters and knew many of the Hungarians who took part in them. This new history in English is particularly timely, and necessary, as Hungary becomes a full member of the European Union: government servants and businessmen- and students who aspire to join them- will be dealing directly with Hungarians and Hungarian affairs for the first time and will need to understand the influences which have formed them.
The book, combining narrative with analysis and comment, covers the political, economic, social and cultural history of Hungary from 400BC to 2000AD- from the westward migration of the Magyar tribes and their occupation of the Carpathian Basin to the entry of a democratic Hungarian state into the NATO Alliance and the European Union. No previous history written from the perspective of a non-Hungarian has attempted such a comprehensive approach, which balances accounts of the tragedies which have befallen this small nation with appreciation of its cultural achievements. The Will to Survive should become the standard history of Hungary in English, to be read both for general interest and for reference.
After taking a double First in History and a Russian language qualification at Cambridge University, Bryan Cartledge undertook research into aspects of the Russian Revolution at St. Antony’s College, Oxford (where he was elected to a Research Fellowship in 1958) and at the Hoover Institute, Stanford University.He was enlisted to assist Sir Anthony Eden (later the Earl of Avon) with the first volume of his memoirs, an experience which encouraged him to embark on a diplomatic career.In the British Diplomatic Service, Cartledge served in Sweden, the Soviet Union and Iran before being app...
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