By Steve Kovacs (Introduction by Chuck Gibson)

LOVELAND, OH (March 15, 2021) – In Issue 2021-49 of Steve Kovacs Fun with Maps, we must beware. . .

The Ides of March

This post isn’t about the assassination of Julius Caesar, rather about the Hungarian Revolution of 1848 against the Hapsburgs and feudal rule.  The revolution commenced on the Ides of March — March 15th.

Hungary became the third country in Europe to hold democratic elections a few months later.  A representative type of parliament was set up.  Lajos Kossuth emerged as the key leader of the Hungarians. 

Predictably, the self-governing Hungary was invaded and crushed after 1 ½ years, with Russian forces joining the Austrians.   However, Hungary gained strength over the next several years and became equal partner with Austria, forming the Austro-Hungarian Empire in 1867. 

Here is a map of Hungary from that period by Tallis (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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