Hungarians and Europe in the Early Middle Ages
András Róna-Tas is Professor of Altaic Studies and Early Hungarian History at József Attila University, Szeged, Hungary and has published over 300 papers, monographs and reviews. In 1996 he received the prestigious German science award, the Humboldt Prize.
Lavishly illustrated, the book contains seventy five historical maps and colour plates which visualize the historical background of Hungary and introduces its early history to a broader readership. The early history of Hungarians is embedded into the history of Eurasia and special attention is given to the relationship of the Hungarians with the Khazars and the Bulghar-Turks.
The first part deals with methods and sources which can be used for elucidating the ancient history of the Hungarians, relying on research into linguistics, archaeology, anthropology and natural history. The second part traces how the Hungarians came into the Carpathian Basin and answers such questions as: who are the Magyars, from where did they come and how did they conquer the land? It reconstructs and examines their early political and social structure, the economy, and religion, and compares the Hungarian medieval process with the ethnogenetic processes of the Germanic, Slavic and Turkic people.
Part I: Introduction
Part II: The sources
Part III: The relatives
Part IV: The neighbours
Part V: Eurasia in the 9th and 10th centuries
Part VI: The names of the Magyars before the foundation of the state
Part VII: Urheimats and migration
Part VIII: The conquest
Part IX: The Magyars in the Carpathian Basin
Part X: The integration of the Magyars within Europe
Part XI: Summary overview, recent research
Part XII: Overview of the study of ancient Hungarian history
Part XIII: The Levedi question and the earliest Hungarian chronicle
Part XIV: Historical traditions
Part XV: The East Magyars, the Bashkirian tribal names and Yugria
Part XVI: The Székely Runiform script