After histories of England and Spain, here comes the history of one of the oldest continuously existing European nation states – Hungary. You know: one of these countries nobody has ever heard of.
The few who have heard of Hungary can attest that she has three claims to international fame:
- We speak an unspeakable language (one that no foreigner can master)
- The Ottoman emperor Suleiman, known to some misguided souls as the Magnificent, has been literally annoyed to death by the Hungarians¹
- Rubik’s cube
There are of course other things that Hungary can boast of: such as being the country with the worst ever hyperinflation in the world (1946), or, on a more positive note, having more Nobel prize winners, Olympic champions and even chess grand masters per capita than most other countries… ²
But let us instead proceed to the maps!