On the Foreign Policy of Saint Stephen
Saint Stephen and his country: a newborn kingdom in Central Europe: Hungary,edited by Attila Zsoldos (Lucidus, 2001)
It is well known that both around the turn of the first millennium and today, in the time of the turn of the second millennium, we can talk about political transformations in Hungary. The historic comparison of the two political transformations and the analysis of the similarities and differences come naturally. Without striving to perfection, we can emphasize, first of all, that both of the transformations resulted in completely new social conditions than the ones prior to them. Consequently, radical and essential changes took place a thousand years ago and are taking place in our times in the life of the whole Hungarian society. I shall allude only to two among the main differences of these two significant turning points because they are important in terms of the discussion of the topic. The first essential difference is that while the political transformation of the era of the first turn of the millennium lasted for a longer period, for a hundred and fifty years (from the second half of the 10th century until the end of the 11th century), today’s transformation will have taken place in one or two decades.