A forgotten year in Hungarian history

The first and most important step in shaping a people’s national identity is learning about their history. The prehistory and conquest of the Carpathian Basin has always been of great interest. So how is it possible to have linguistic independence 3,500 years ago and only have historical knowledge from various sources 1,200 years ago? What happened in the meantime?

These are the questions that Hungarian historian Dr Balaj Sudar aims to find answers within the Science Festival + event organized by the Hungarian Academy of Sciences.

The story of the seven leaders and the entry of the Hungarian state into the Carpathian Basin are important events in history, but they should not be considered the beginning. At least not when it comes to our communities and our linguistic independence.

Historians have been tasked with the challenging task of filling the missing gaps in our history. Their best tool for accomplishing this task is interdisciplinarity. That means allowing new narratives to be constructed without concrete written historical sources, with the help of other disciplines.

Revisiting the old and discovering new sources is not only beneficial in discovering something new about our history, but also about the false or misunderstood information and facts of the past. It can also lead to new revelations. Reported by Balázs Sudár and János B. Szabó concluded their investigation of Ibn Ruszta’s text and found that it was likely about a group of Hungarians who lived in the east. Initially, ancient texts were believed to tell of the Hungarians living in Eterkoz before the conquest.

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Another question that has arisen is who do we actually refer to when we use the term Hungarian. The formation of the steppe nations in which we are probably participating is a complex process. Characteristics of these groups include that they are constantly changing and evolving. As such, the epicenter of all these communities usually has strong leaders. The role of this powerful leader in Hungarian history is embodied by Hunor and Magor.

But many questions remain. Where the Hungarian language came from, the community to which the Árpáds belonged, whether the descendants of the Árpáds really came from the steppes, and where the national symbol, the trull, came from are still unknown areas. future.

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Author: Leka Novozansky

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