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History of Budapest

History of Budapest

Author: Catherine Horel

ISBN: 978-954-320-377-2
Category: History
Cover: Paperback, Format: 16x23, Pages: 238

Out of print

Price: 18.00 lv

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On one side is Buda, the castle hill, and now a museum city. Opposite is Pest, the cradle  of the national revival, of intellectual and economic development. In the 19th century the two shores of the river were united and Budapest became a London on the Danube.

Due to its geographical location, the city has always been a bridge between the East and the West. From Roman times, through the epoch of Charlemagne, Turkish domination, Habsburg rule that turned the city into a second Vienna, down to modern times: university teacher Catherine Horel has traced all the important periods in the eventful history of Budapest over the centuries. Past and memory form an extraordinary mix in this thrilling city, which has more than once been destroyed and revived, and yet is a famous center of recreation and pleasure. And here, every tyranny has provoked mockery and irony lashing dictators one after the other: Horth, Stalin, Kadar.

The city decided not to destroy the monuments of communism but instead - perhaps as an illustration and lesson for the coming generations - to preserve them in a park on the outskirts of the city as a vivid historical testimony.

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