HUNGARY: Midwife Fazekas

The kingless Kingdom of Hungary is still a country of great landed estates in the hands of a few very wealthy men. Far more than cash does the ownership of even a few acres of land bring prestige to a Hungarian peasant. "Land hunger," greed to increase their holdings by hook or crook, is a besetting vice of the Magyar. Fear lest their acres should have to be subdivided is one reason why Hungarian landowners seldom have more than one child. Tenant farmers are notably more prolific.

Sometimes, even among the best families,...

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