Hungarians and Europe in the Early Middle Ages
An Introduction to Early Hungarian History
Lavishly illustrated, the book contains seventy five historical maps and colour plates which visualize the historical background of Hungary and introduces its early history to a broader readership. 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.
The first part deals with methods and sources which can be used for elucidating the ancient history of the Hungarians, relying on research into linguistics, archaeology, anthropology and natural history. The second part traces how the Hungarians came into the Carpathian Basin and answers such questions as: who are the Magyars, from where did they come and how did they conquer the land? It reconstructs and examines their early political and social structure, the economy, and religion, and compares the Hungarian medieval process with the ethnogenetic processes of the Germanic, Slavic and Turkic people.
About the Author
András Róna-Tas is Professor of Altaic Studies and Early Hungarian History at József Attila University, Szeged and has published over 300 papers, monographs and reviews. He is a member of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences. In 1996 he received the prestigious German Science Award, the Humboldt Prize.
"This is a major work which synthesizes a vast range of scholarship, including the authors own research over four decades into the ethnography of central Asian peoples and historical linguistics. Róna-Tas handles new material expertly, as he does more traditional source material."—Dalhousie Review
"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."—Choice
"The author, whose erudition is formidable, has spent his life mastering the ancient and modern inner European languages essential for unraveling the mysteries of his subject."—Austrian History Yearbook
"It would be hard to find another scholarly work in which so many disciplines are employed, from linguistics to archaeology, religious studies to numismatics, and so on... the digestion of a lifetime's research..."—English Historical Review
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