The author: From a youthful observer in Hungary, Endre B.
Gastony evolved into a student of history at the University
of Oregon. As professor at Augustana University, he combined
teaching, with research and writing on the topics of nationalism,
international events, and Hungarian history. He also conducted
college study tours in Europe, until retiring into a life of more
research, writing, besides tennis and sailing.
Historical guiding principles: Leopold von Ranke’s advice, chronicle the past “as
it really happened,” is faithfully followed in this rare English language historical
treatment of the formidable Árpád Line. The author is mindful of Baruch
Spinoza’s plea, “ridicule not, bewail not, nor scorn human actions, but understand
them.” Rationality pleads for heeding Albert Einstein’s observation: “Morality is of
the highest importance… for our very existence depends on it.”