By Steve Kovacs (Introduction by Chuck Gibson)

LOVELAND, OH (March 15, 2022) – In Issue 2022-051 of Steve Kovacs Fun with Maps, we hear about a historic fight for freedom.

Hungarian Revolution

The Ides of March brought the beginning of the Hungarian Revolution in 1848, seeking full self-governance.  Hungary separated from the Hapsburgs.  One month later laws were enacted allowing for democratic elections; thus, Hungary became the third nation to do so in continental Europe after France and the relatively new country of Belgium.

While Hungary existed as a nation for over 1000 years, this 1848 revolution is a key defining moment for the central European country.

Needless to say, the party didn’t last, as the Hapsburgs brought in the services of the Russians to defeat the revolution 18 months later. 

In 1867, the Hapsburgs allowed the formation of a new Empire, in which Hungary was once again independently governed.  The Empire was the Austro-Hungarian Empire. 

Here is Tallis’s map of Hungary from 1850.

Map of Hungary -1850 (Credit Steve Kovacs)

Steve Kovacs and his wife Theresa reside in Loveland, Ohio where they raised their two children. He is a passionate collector of antique maps.

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