Regulating the Tisza and Danube Rivers
Széchenyi at the Vaskapu – painting by Schoefft Ágoston
As part of the economic development of Hungary, Count Széchenyi István considered it vitally important to regulate the two main waterways: the Tisza and the Duna (Danube). The Tisza meandered across the Great Plain in its ”shoreless channel” (as described by Petőfi in his poem) and annually caused untold damage to crops, livestock and houses (not to mention loss of lives) during the spring floods which the dikes were unable to control and which did not abate for months. Ice jams on the Duna caused periodic flooding, and at the lower end (at the Vaskapú or Iron Gates), unpredictable currents and huge rocks in the river bed formed almost insuperable obstacles to navigation.
In this, the eighth article of our series commemorating the 225th anniversary of Széchenyi’s birth, we take a brief look at how his broad vision for improving these and other waterways contributed to the advancement of the country. See the full story...
Erika Papp Faber
This poem helps explain the need for regulation of the Tisza as envisioned by Széchenyi, and described elsewhere in this issue. See the full story...
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The Hungarian language is chock full of words and expressions built around the names of animals. We have compiled a list running to several pages – probably far short of being complete! – and will present some of these to you in this and future issues.
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Erika Papp Faber and Olga Vallay Szokolay
LATINOVITS ZOLTÁN: OUR AGE OF INNOCENCE
In a high school play of "The Voice of America" in which Bajor Gizi discovered him
On September 9th, the Hungarian Actor-King of the 1960s and 1970s would have become 85 years old. June 2016 also marked the 40th anniversary of his tragic death. This article deals only with anecdotes of our unforgettable romance that cannot be found in published sources. See the full story...
Olga Vállay Szokolay
Having worked in Budapest for a couple of years in the nineties, Jules Vallay offers some musings about the city at dawn. He wrote it shortly after his return to the States. It was published in the December 16-22, 1993 issue of the weekly Budapest Week, by the title “Remembering Budapest Mornings”. See the full story...
Jules S. Vallay
Livvy on the top of Sághegy
One does not automatically think of volcanoes in connection with Hungary. But they were there, active at one time. Here is a brief description of one by our youngest contributor. See the full story...
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