History of Hungary: Primary Documents

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Maps and images of transformations as seen through cultural artifacts.
(Includes data on former Roman provinces now found in Austria, Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Germany, Great Britain, Hungary, Netherlands, Romania and Slovakia)
Geographic and thematic approaches available in nine languages.
(Antiquity through 212 AD; maps and facsimile images)

Byzantine and Medieval sources in English translation.
(700-1204; English-language transcriptions)

History of the Arpád Period
Source website for documents through 1301 listed below.
(1000-1301; mostly modern Hungarian translations)

King Steven I's First Code of Law
(1001; modern Hungarian translation)
Pannonhalma Charter
(1002; modern Hungarian translation)
King Steven I's Second Code of Law
(1030-1038; modern Hungarian translation)
King/Saint Steven's Admonitions to Prince Imre
(early 11th century; modern Hungarian translation)

Hexameters on the Coronation Cloak
(1031; parallel Latin & modern Hungarian translation)

About the Cruelty of King Peter
Excerpt from the Chronicon Pictum (1358)
(1038-1041; modern Hungarian translation)

The Meeting in Várkony
Excerpt from the Chronicon Pictum (1358)
(ca. 1040 - 1050; modern Hungarian translation)

The Battle of Kerlés
Excerpt from the Chronicon Pictum (1358)
(ca. 1040-1050; modern Hungarian translation)

Deed of Foundation of Tihany
(1055; modern Hungarian translation)

Pope Gregory VII's Letters to King Salomon
(1074-1075; modern Hungarian translations)

László I's Code of Law
(modern Hungarian translations)
Second book of laws
(Russian translation)
(1077-1092)

King Kálmán's so-called First Code of Law
(ca. 1100; modern Hungarian translation)

The Census of Dömös
(3 September 1138; modern Hungarian translation)

Report on the Death of a Hungarian Student Studying in Paris
(Between 1177 and 1192; modern Hungarian translation)

Eulogy and Prayer
The oldest source document in Hungarian for its length
(1192-1195; medieval Hungarian & modern Hungarian translations)

Letter of King Imre to Pope Innocent III
(At the end of 1199; modern Hungarian translation)

Chronicle of the deeds of the Hungarians.
(English translation; 1203)
Expansion of Gesta Hungarorum.
(Hungarian translation; 1282)

(1235-1320; Russian translation)

(1235-1320; Russian translation)

  • Letter from Hungarian King Bela IV to German King Conrad IV
2001 Translation
2011 Translation
(1241; Russian translation)
(18 May 1241; Russian translation)
(2 February 1242; Russian translation)

(1320; Russian translation)

Letter of King Andrew II to Pope Innocent III
(At the end of 1214; modern Hungarian translation)
The Golden Bull of King Andrew II
Hungary's "Magna Carta"
(1222; modern Hungarian translation)
Available as an English translation with minor exclusions - see pages 129-130.
(1222; English translation)
Russian translation of Golden Bull
(1222; Russian translation)
Revised text of the Golden Bull
(1231; modern Hungarian translation)
The Agreement of Bereg
(1233; modern Hungarian translation)

Reports of Friar Julianus, plus a letter on "How the Tartars Live."
(Early 13th century; modern Hungarian translations)

Letter of Hungarian King Bela IV to King Konrad IV of Germany
(1241; modern Hungarian translation)
Hungarian Letter to the Pope
(2 February 1242; modern Hungarian translation)
King Béla IV and Sons' Code of Law
(1267; modern Hungarian translation)

King Steven V's Manumission for the 'Hospes' of Györ
(1271; modern Hungarian translation)

King László IV's First Code of Law
(23 June 1279; modern Hungarian translation)

The Battle of Morvamezö
An excerpt from A magyarok viselt dolgai (A History of the Hungarians)
(ca. 1283; modern Hungarian translation)

King Andrew III's Code of Law
(1290-1291 & 1298; modern Hungarian translations)

(1381; Russian translation)

Virtual Document Archive of Central European Cloisters and Bishoprics - Hungary
Documenting not only the history of the cloisters themselves, but also developments in church, state and society in Central Europe since the Early Middle Ages.
(14th century; Latin and vernacular facsimiles and transcriptions).

(1514; Russian translation)

(1517; Russian translation)

Written by Friedrich Schiller.
(1618-1648; English translation)

Peace Treaty ending the Thirty Years War.
(24 October 1648, English translation)

List of digitized newspapers.
(1766-1832; Hungarian facsimiles)
Romanian and Hungarian periodicals from Transylvania.
(1795-1950; Facsimiles)

Online Hungarian books of the 18th - 21st centuries.
(18th- 21st century; facsimiles)

From the Avalon Project
(1829 - 1909; English translations and transcriptions)

(1849-present; translations and transcriptions)

National Anthem of Hungary. Adopted in 1844.
(Hungarian with English translation; 1823)

(1868; English translation)

Map of Habsburg Hungary.
(1869-1887; zoomable facsimile)

Treaty between Austria-Hungary, Germany, and Italy.
Includes additional declarations from each country.
(May 20-28, 1882; English transcription)

Searchable book-length travel reports digitized at the University of Michigan.
(19th-20th century; hundreds of facsimiles in many languages)

Documents an expedition in 1837 through southeastern Europe and the southern parts of the Russian Empire.
Information about the geography, history, archaeology, and peoples and cultures of the region.
(19th century; facsimile French-language book)

List of the digitized newspaper "Sunday News".
(1854-1921; Hungarian facsimiles and transcriptions)
List of digitized newspapers.
(1891-1904, 1908-1922; Hungarian facsimiles and transcriptions)

Austro-Hungarian Documents on the Outbreak of War.
(1 July 1914 - 27 August 1914; German with occasional French and English transcriptions)
Diplomatic Documents leading to World War I.
Section I, Nos 1-19, Appendices 1 and 2.
(1914; English translations)

(pre-1914 - post-1918; translations and transcriptions)
Major Resource

A collection of primary documents from the Internet Modern History Sourcebook.
(1914-1918; transcriptions and translations)
Digital primary documents assembled at Mount Holyoke College.
(1914-1919; translations)

Digital primary documents assembled at Mount Holyoke College.
(1918-1941; translations)

A collection of primary documents from the Internet Modern History Sourcebook.
(1939-1945; transcriptions and translations)
A collection of documents related to WWII.
From the Avalon Project.
Digital primary documents assembled at Mount Holyoke College.
(1938-1945; translations)
Including treaties affecting the Hungarian border from the Treaty of Trianon to the Moscow Agreement.
Published by the Bureau of Intelligence and Research, US Department of State
(1920-1945; facsimiles)

Images from propaganda films.
(1948-1989; Images)

Party documents from the Hungarian National Archives
(1945–1989; facsimiles)

Official UN documents.
(1956-1962; English)

  • Foreign relations between Hungary and the US
Documents from US State Department and University of Wisconsin-Madison.
1945
Transfer of German populations from Poland, Czechoslovakia, Hungary, Rumania, and Austria, 1945
Discussion of Hungarian-Rumanian frontier, Paris, 17 May 1946
Paris Peace Conference: US draft treaties with Italy, Rumania, Bulgaria, Hungary, and Finland; 29 July-15 October 1946
1946
1947
1949
1950
1951
US estimate of situation in Hungary, 1955
Rakosi resigns, documents 80-92; 1956
The Hungarian Rebellion, 1956
Fall of Nagy and UN discussion of Hungarian question, 1956
US role in Hungarian rebellion and its aftermath, US assistance to Hungary; 1956-1957
UN special committee report on Hungary, 1957
The US reevaluates its Eastern European policies, 1957
1964-1968
1969-1972
(1945-1972; English transcriptions)

CIA Historical Staff, The Clandestine Service Historical Series, Hungary, Volume II, External Operations, 1946 - 1965

(Discusses 1946 - 1965, published May 1972; English facsimile)

Also contains commentaries and annotations.
A part of Magyar Elektronikus Könyvtár -- Hungarian Electronic Library.
(Translations and Hungarian transcriptions, some ftp-able)

Hungarian history presented thematically -- mostly secondary articles, but with some source documents.
(English translations)

(September 1950-December 1953, published May 1972; English facsimile)

Treaty of friendship and cooperation between Soviet Union and other communist satellite states in Eastern Europe.
(May 1, 1955; English)

(January 1956-16 January 1957; English translations)
(28 October 1956; English translation)
(30 October 1956; English translation)
Includes resolution for situation.
(31 October 1956; English translation)
(Discusses 23 October - 4 November 1956, published January 1958; English facsimile)

Documents regarding the uprisings in Hungary and Poland against Soviet rule.
Part of the Wilson Center's Digital Archive of the Cold War.
(1930-1956; English transcriptions)

Records from interviews.
(English; 1957)

Declassified CIA documents from Cold War Era Hard Target Analysis.
(28 January 1957; PDF facsimiles)

Collected primary documents from the end of the Cold War.
(1980's; English)

Records of radio monitoring from Radio Free Europe.
(1988-1990; Hungarian)

Treaty and other documents concerning Hungary's admission to the European Union. Part of EUR-Lex, a service of the European Union.
(2003; English)

(1949-2011, Hungarian transcription)
(1949-1997, English and German translations).

Includes laws and resolutions from 1990 to the present.
(Hungarian transcriptions).

Collection of Hungarian Laws.
Statutes, criminal and civil codes, and other legal materials.
A portal of the BYU Law School.
Library of Congress guide to constitutional, legal and government documents.
(Translations and transcriptions)

A set of historical maps from Dr. Ronnie Ellenblum's Historic Cities
(Facsimiles).

Map of the Austro-Hungarian Empire in 1906, just over a decade before its dissolution.
(1906; zoomable map)

Hungary page of the World Documents Library.
(photos; facsimiles)

Includes primary and secondary documents, provided by Don Mabry.
(Transcriptions, facsimiles and commentaries, mostly in English)

Collection of historical maps of Hungary.
(facsimiles)

Collection of historical maps of Europe.
(facsimiles; Hungarian)

Document database of Hungarian historical documents.
(Hungarian)

Collection of peace agreements entered into by Hungary.
(English)

Collection of historical documents on recent Hungarian history, especially in relation to Russia.
(Russian)

  • Physical Items from Hungarian History
From the Hungarian National Museum
From the Museum of Applied Arts, Budapest
Presented in cooperation with Google Cultural Institute.
(Facsimile images)

Digitized German-language newspapers of Central and Eastern Europe outside German-speaking countries.
(18th-20th centuries; facsimiles newspaper issues)

(Facsimiles).
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EuroDocs > History of Hungary: Primary Documents



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Harold B. Lee Library, Brigham Young University, Provo, Utah, USA.
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