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Why did China decide to support Poland in 1956, but not Hungary?

Interpretations are called for here — and these are necessarily opinionated to a degree. From a recent Polish perspective, it might seem rather simple – and one-sided: There are strong indications ...
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Why did Coloman of Slavonia leave Sajó bridge weakly defended against the Mongols?

According to the wikipedia article on the topic: The Mongol vanguard was killed nearly to a man, with Thomas of Split writing: "the Hungarians immediately charged into them and did battle. They cut ...
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Did the Hungarian Army ever use crescent banners?

Not as precise answer as I'd like, but it might lead you to the correct answer with further research. Googling for "hungarian heraldry crescent 13th century" yields at least one crescent, ...
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Could any Habsburg kings of Hungary speak Hungarian?

The emperors have often spoken many languages and Hungarian was an important one so one may find numerous Habsburg rulers who spoke Hungarian, too. For example, Maximillian II fluently spoke Spanish, ...
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Who is this statue of?

It's a generic Hungarian cowboy wearing a traditional Szűr, rather than anyone in particular. (h/t JustCal for this specific image.) I checked whether it might Széchenyi, Batthyány, Kossuth, or one ...
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Identification of two leaders in Hungarian revolution

Google search revealed that the one on the left is Sándor Garbai. (from https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/4/46/Garbai_S%C3%A1ndor_%281919%29_%28cropped%29.jpg) The one to his right ...
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Why is Hungary geographically important to travel between Europe and the Middle East?

(original image by Wikimedia Commons user San Jose) If you look at a topographic map of Europe, the reason should be self-evident: the easiest land route from northern/western Europe passes through ...
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Does anyone know the name of the student who died during the Hungarian Revolution of 1956? If not, why not?

One of the sources quoted by the Wikipedia article is the United Nations Report of the Special Committee on the Problem of Hungary. If the document is genuine*, I would be inclined to give it much ...
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How many German expellees returned to the Hungarian People's Republic?

Exact numbers are not known but an estimate is given by historian Ágnes Tóth at around 10 000 ethnic Germans that returned to Hungary. How many really is an answer that has to be postponed, ...
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Oppression of non-ethnic Hungarians in Hungary pre 1800s

There was no really such pre 1800. As Samuel Russel points out, the modern concept of nations was born only during and after the French revolution. Hungary and Transylvania from the late medieval ...
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What is the earliest historical record of Hungarian words?

This is not answerable with satisfactory comprehensiveness. The time before settlement and adoption of Christianity around 1000 is just too poorly documented. But apart from what Wikipedia presents ...
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Did the Hungarian Army ever use crescent banners?

The crescent is likely from the old coat of arms of Croatia, as pointed out in de Bernardy's answer. The illustration is probably of Coloman's charge against Mongols which led to securing the bridge ...
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Who originally described Attila as "Attila The Hun"

The precise wording Attila the Hun in English has been in use for at least a couple of centuries but its use in academic writing (at least) was somewhat inconsistent until fairly recently. The ...
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Why did the Hungarians protest and react so much about Khrushchevs secret speech?

Khrushchev gave his speech to a closed session of the 20th Congress of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union on 25 February 1956. The contents of the speech was subsequently disseminated to a select ...
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In the "Immigrationist theory" of Romanians (Vlachs), how did they became the vast majority in Transylvania?

I don't think their current majority is an insurmountable problem for any immigration theory. At roughly the same time the coastal German tribes were migrating to England, and the southern Slavic ...
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Was slavery abolished in the Kingdom of Hungary, and if so, when?

As far as i could find out, the first time slavery was officially abolished in Hungary was in 1852 with the introduction of the "Allgemeines Bürgerliches Gesetzbuch" (ABGB / General civil ...
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Was there a trade link between the medieval Hungarian Kingdom and the Mali Empire?

Well, there was trade between the Mali Empire and the rest of the world via a Sahel camel-borne trade route established and run by the Berber tribes of that region. We know at least a few non-Berbers ...
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Where can I find more details about "historian" André Du Nay?

Based in part on links posted in comment by @MCW: The name André Du Nay appears on the cover of this book: Transylvania and the Rumanians , along another two other names: Alain du Nay and Arpad ...
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What was special in interwar Austria-Hungary?

There is ample evidence for the positive answer to your question 1. This phenomenon is well-known and is often mentioned. On question 2, my answer is "it is not completely clear". And on question 3, ...
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What to do about historical Wikipedia articles contradicting each other in different languages?

Correcting conflicting claims It's normal, and something can be done about it. In each individual article, add material with verifiable, authoritative sources from the literature about that article's ...
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Why are there so many Hungarian family names that have a pejorative tone?

I'm interested to hear about the situation in other cultures. I'm Dutch. There are phone books full of weird Dutch family names. Such as Naaktgeboren (Born naked), Windzak (Windbag), Palingdood (Dead ...
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What was the real innovation of the coach-builders of Kocs in Hungary?

This may not be an entirely satisfactory answer, in part due to the paucity of primary source material, but also due to the fact that modern research into early Hungarian coaches seems - ...
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Why was the Imre Nagy government deported to Romania?

According to https://www.wilsoncenter.org/publication/new-evidence-romania-and-the-warsaw-pact-1955-1989#sthash.fQcgY9zu.dpuf "He [Emil Bodnaras, Romanian Minister of Transport and Communications, ...
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Were fake anti-tank mines A Thing?

T-34 was evaluated at Aberdeen, by the Germans, Finns, &c, and one of the common major complaints was poor visibility: Individual tank commanders lacked situational awareness due to the poor ...
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Why did the Hungarians protest and react so much about Khrushchevs secret speech?

What was written above is all correct; may be just some psychological addendum to it: a basic dogma of communism was from the beginning on (that means before 1917), that the Communist Party, and ...
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Were fake anti-tank mines A Thing?

Dummy anti-tank mines, consisting of ordinary china plates placed upside-down on a road were apparently used by a British Army unit during the retreat to Dunkirk in 1940. This improvisation later ...
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