From the 1860s onward, Habsburg Hungary attempted a massive project of cultural assimilation to impose a unified national identity on its diverse populations. In one of the more quixotic episodes in this "Magyarization," large monuments were erected near small towns commemorating the medieval conquest of the Carpathian Basin-supposedly, the moment when the Hungarian nation was born. This exactingly researched study recounts the troubled history of this plan, which-far from cultivating national pride-provoked resistance and even hostility among provincial Hungarians. Author Balint Varga thus reframes the narrative of nineteenth-century nationalism, demonstrating the complex relationship between local and national memories.
Balint Varga has been a research fellow at the Institute of History of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences since 2013. In 2015, he was awarded the R. John Rath Prize from the Center for Austrian Studies at the University of Minnesota.
List of Tables and Images Acknowledgments Terminology Abbreviations Introduction PART I: A MILLENNIUM-OLD PAST Chapter 1. The Challenge of Integration: Hungary in the 19th Century Chapter 2. Anchoring a Millennium-Old Past in the Hungarian Minds PART II: CITIES Chapter 3. Pressburg and Theben Chapter 4. Nitra Chapter 5. Munkacs Chapter 6. Brasso Chapter 7. The Magyar Inland: Pannonhalma and Pusztaszer Chapter 8. Semlin Chapter 9. Local Conditions of National Integration PART III: EVENTS Chapter 10. Prologue: The Many Faces of the Millennium Chapter 11. Signs for Eternity: The Millennial Monuments Chapter 12. The Millennial Monuments in the Public Space, 1896&-1918 Appendix I: Tables Appendix II: Name locator Bibliography Index