Book Reviews The Will to Survive: A History of Hungary. By bryan cartledge. New York: Oxford University Press, 2011. 600 pp. $35.00 (cloth); $28.00 (paper). Written as a tribute to the people of Hungary, Bryan Cartledge's third edition of The Will to Survive: A History of Hungary is a comprehensive, if largely celebratory, history of a nation whose story is little known or appreciated outside of East Central Europe. Tracing Hungary's political development from the ninth century through to its accession to the European Union in 2004, Cartledge weaves a detailed though very accessible tale of a people who have often found themselves in the geopolitical crosshairs of one or more of Europe's Great Powers. Drawing on his academic training as a historian and also on his experience as British ambassador to Hungary from 1980 to 1983, Cartledge claims to have a written an objective history of Hungary, one that also reflects his "great respect and affection" for the Hungarian people (p. xiv). On some levels, this sympathetic approach works quite well. Though he limits himself almost exclusively to English-language scholarship, and though he fails to situate Hungarian history in a broader global context (a fact that perhaps
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