We’ve examined the geopolitics of the United States and Australia; let’s turn now to a radically different example: Hungary. Hungary is what I call a natural nation – its history as a self-aware community stretches into the “mists of time,” to be poetic. It has a common language and is predominantly Christian, and both of these characteristics contribute to a shared culture. Where the U.S. and Australia had a foundational culture that was transferred from Europe and then molded by subsequent waves of heterogeneous immigration, Hungary’s linguistic and cultural heritage was mostly preserved despite migration into Hungarian territory over the centuries. I have been considering why it is that communities endure – and Hungary is a mystery that, if solved, can help us measure the durability of a community or nation.
It’s not clear where ethnic Hungarians – Magyars, they call themselves – came from. They were a nomadic community that originated somewhere east of the Ca