Recently, we had some problems with our electricity in our apartment. We called a repairman, and he came to fix it. He didn’t speak English, and of course my Hungarian is still progressing. Unfortunately, he took advantage of us and charged us a very very high price. Most Hugnarian businesses and repairmen can definitely be trusted, BUT, this isn’t an uncommon experience for foreigners.
As I was conveying the story to some Hungarian friends, they commented that, “well it isn’t as bad as Mohács.” And Mohács (mow-hatch) is what I’d like to tell you about.
The following quote is from István Bart in his book, “Hungary and the Hungarians.” I highly recommend reading this book.
“Mohács is a small town by the Danube near the southern boundary of Hungary, and the scene of possibly the most tragic battle in Hungarian historyé this is where, after having conquered the Balkans, the Great Sultan Suleiman and his troops annihilated the Hungarian army in 1526, and with it the medieval kingdom of Hungary, the middle section of the coutry came under Turkish occupation, Transylvania was separated from the mother country, while after the death of the Hungarian king, who fell at Mohács, the smaller northern and western parts of the country became part of the Habsburg Empire; from then on, the Habsburgs and the Turkish Empire engaged in what seemed an eternal battle for power, and which lasted for 150 years, on Hungarian soil, as a result of which large portions of the Great Plains became depopulated and were cut off from the process of European development; Hungarians regard the battle of Mohács and the annihilating victory of “the Easter Empire” such a tragic occurance, that in many respects it’s consequences can still be easily seen today.”