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Hungarians and Europe in the Early Middle Ages : an introduction to early Hungarian history
Róna-Tas, András.
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Honfoglaló magyar nép. English
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Budapest : Central European University Press ; Plymouth : Plymbridge Distributors, [1999]

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xxii, 566 pages : illustrations (some color), maps ; 24 cm
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DB927.3 .R26 1999 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area

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The early history of Hungarians is embedded into the history of Eurasia and special attention is given to the relationship of the Hungarians with the Khazars and the Bulghar-Turks

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The title of this book implies that readers consider the steppe and the Caucasus part of medieval Europe. This is probably not true, though no one will deny that the sequential invasions of steppe peoples had enormous impact on Central Europe. The text reads like a finely polished lecture, but it is dense with linguistic, archaeological, and historical minutiae while carefully avoiding the use of later Hungarian mythology about the origins of the Magyars or their movement west. A lengthy discussion of sources gives way to a review of migratory peoples, and finally to the "homelands" of the Magyars and then to the "conquest." The carefully prepared story of the amalgamation of Finno-Urgic and Bulgarian-Turkic peoples and their entry into the Carpathian basin (895-902) in three stages, where they assimilated Slavic and Avar peoples, is short and disarmingly bland; Hungarians are much like other Europeans, right down to the DNA. Readers who find the Magyars more exotic than this will nevertheless be impressed by the erudition, logical explication, and photographs found in this handsome book. Upper-division undergraduates and above. W. L. Urban; Monmouth College (IL)