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Hungarian Heritage: Roots to Revival

Hungary is a small country in Central Europe, roughly the size of Indiana. Its population is approximately 10 million, but another 2.5 million Hungarians reside within the seven countries that surround its borders (Austria, Slovakia, Ukraine, Romania, Serbia, Croatia, and Slovenia) and another 2 million Hungarians live in other parts of the world. These people speak Hungarian--known as Magyar (which is also the word that refers to a person of Hungarian ancestry). The Magyar language is related to the Ob-Ugric Khanty and Mansi languages in western Siberia, and was also influenced by ancient Turkic languages of the Eurasian Steppe, an area ...

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