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Szabad, Imre

HUNGARY
PAST AND PRESENT:

EMBRACING ITS

HISTORY FROM THE MAGYAR CONQUEST

TO THE PRESENT TIME.

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MURRAY AND GIBB, PRINTERS, EDINBURGH.

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PREFACE.

The following pages are the substance of materials for a detailed history of Hungary, the collection of which I commenced two years ago in London ; and which were, from various considerations, compressed into the smallest compass possible. Having had at my disposal all the resources which could have been obtained in Buda-Pesth, the chief object in view was to record -with more attention to historical truth than to any attractions of form--all those facts and broad incidents without which no true picture could have been given of the general physiognomy of Hungarian society throughout the various phases of its existence.

Next to the narrow and biassed histories of Pray and Katona, who amply drew upon the early chroniclers of Hungary, Hungarian history gained most by the labours of Gebhardi, Engel, and Fessler; though these latter works are characterised more by their comparatively liberal treatment of the subject, than by any important additions to the stock of historical knowledge properly so called. Nor is there any new light imparted in the most recent history by Horvath, who had the advantage of availing himself of the

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