Magyars - Hungary - History
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Who are the Magyars?

Ural Mountains
Ural Mountains

In the Early Middle Ages, Turkic and Mongol people in Central Asia were moving westward, pushing out Indo-European people - and other people - who had been living there. The Magyars, who were not Indo-European, had been living in the Ural Mountains, but the Gokturks and other Turkic people like the Khazars pushed the Magyars west of the mountains. For a while the Khazars - also Turkic - ruled the Magyars.

Slowly, as Turkic people continued to conquer Central Asia, they pushed the Magyars further and further west. In the 800s AD the Magyars lived in Ukraine, and by about 900 AD they defeated the Slavs and what was left of the Avars to take over part of south-eastern Europe - what is now Hungary.

Learn by doing: cook a Hungarian recipe
Medieval Hungary
Medieval Poland
Medieval Russia

Bibliography and further reading about the Magyars:

Late Medieval Poland
Medieval Russia
Slavs and Avars
Holy Roman Empire
Medieval history
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