Author: Deak, Istvan
Publisher: Phoenix Press
Binding: Trade Paperback
Book Condition: As New
Size: 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall
New book, 415 pages. Hungary's War of Independence was the bloodiest conflict of a European revolutionary era. The story of the revolution of 1848, Hungary's most important historic event, is told here in terms of the towering personalities of Louis Kossuth. In the spring of that year, Kossuth and his fellow noblemen seized the opportunity presented by the European revolutions to legally restore the socereignty of the country under the Habsburg Crown. They also introduced many administrative, social and economic reforms. The goals of the reformers however ran into the opposion of the Habsburg Court, the new liberal Austrian government and the non-Magyar peoples of Hungary who feared Hungarian nationalism. In the ensuing war the country was led by Kossuth. The Hungarians lost the war, and in August 1849, Kossuth fled, never to return to his homeland. He remained a popular idol in Hungary, his name a symbol of the aspiration for independence. His legend grew with the years and was further cultivated after 1945, when Hungary had lost much of the independence for which Kossuth struggled.