The Hungarians have a saying that their history was written by their enemies. This is justified given that the official version of Hungarian history which is still being propagated today is in fact the product of centuries of foreign rule during which the occupying powers and their puppet regimes took care to fabricate a "Hungarian history" which suited their objectives: to present a distorted and unfavourable image of the Hungarians, in order to weaken their national identity and self-consciousness. Our website does not endorse this politically and ideologically biased "official version" of Hungarian history, as we seek to present a more objective picture of the historical facts.
The origins of the Hungarians can be traced back to Ancient Mesopotamia through the Sumerian-Scythian-Hun-Avar-Magyar ethno-linguistic continuity, which, together with the evidence of the archeological artifacts of Sumerian origin found in the Carpathian Basin, indicates that the ancestors of the Hungarians were the first permanent settlers of the Carpathian Basin.
Within the Carpathian Basin as well as in their other homelands to the East, the preservation of Hungarian independence and culture was a constant struggle against foreign powers and foreign influences which sought to impose themselves upon the Hungarians: over the ages, foreign religions, cultures, languages, political regimes and rulers have been forced upon the Hungarians. In Hungary, the original ancient Hungarian culture, religion and language have been persecuted and suppressed since the forced Christianization of the country which began around 1000 AD.
Since then, Hungary suffered numerous foreign invasions which resulted in the widespread decimation of the Hungarian population and in the partition and dismemberment of Hungary's territory. Foreign occupation and rule brought foreign colonization and exploitation. The Hungarians became a minority and second-class citizens in their own country as the key positions in the state administration, the churches, industry, commerce, finance, media, arts, education and other professions were dominated by foreigners due to the anti-Hungarian policies of the foreign rulers and regimes.
In the past, the Hungarians have repeatedly attempted to liberate themselves from foreign oppression, but the struggle to reassert Hungarian national interests and cultural identity against foreign political, economic and cultural imperialism and colonialism continues to this day. The apparent end of communism in 1990 did not bring the promised and expected national renewal in Hungary. The injustices of the past were not redressed. The former communists and their collaborators are still in power and still serving foreign interests. Millions of Hungarians are still forced to live under oppressive foreign regimes in the territories lost by Hungary after the two World Wars.
After decades of anti-Hungarian policies under various types of dictatorships and under the current post-communist regimes, the Hungarians must face threats to their very existence, identity and self-consciousness as a nation, in Hungary as well as in the neighbouring states. Hungarian culture is threatened with extinction in its native land as a result of the policy of cultural genocide (ethnocide) and ethnic cleansing pursued by the neighbouring states against the indigenous Hungarian populations inhabiting the territories which these states have severed from Hungary. Hungarian national independence and culture are also threatened by corporate globalization and its promoting egotistical and materialistic liberal consumer society ideology which erodes traditional cultural and moral values.