AHC: Hungary As The Premier Eastern European Empire

Hungary used to be a major power in eastern Europe, allied with the poles to keep the ottoman empire in check. But it eventually fell into decline (and the Hapsburgs) and was forced to play second fiddle to Austria.

Your challenge is thusly, with a POD after 1371, when the ottomans effectively ended Serbian power to threaten them, but before the Varna crusade in 1443, to have the Hungarians control their crown lands of otl down to Bulgaria and some of greece at minimum.
 
Matthias had at his death under his control beside the Kingdom of Hungary Silesia, Moravia, Lower Austria, Styria, Krain. If he has a heir to inherit all that you have a smaller version of the Habsburg Empire centered in Hungary. The problem are the Ottomans. If you can have this Empire survive intact till around 1600 it likely wont fall. But thats the really tricky - and very unlikely - part.
 
A surviving Mary of Anjou, who gives birth to a healthy heir could significantly strengthen the position of Sigismund within Hungary. With a stronger power base, Sigismund might be able to muster a stronger force against the Turks earlier, and a TTL version of Crusade of Nicopolis might be able to break down the rising star of the Ottomans.
 
Did Hungary have population base for this ? For most of its history, Hungary-Croatia is only two million inhabitants. Vistula river basin, Volga basin, Rhine, Po, or fertile NW Anatolia nearly always had greater population to provide more stable core region to dominate their neighbour.
 
major power in eastern Europe
Hungary was a major power in central Europe and only had marginal interests in eastern Europe after the early 9th century.


Hungary-Croatia is only two million inhabitants.
I am not sure where you are getting that number since it is far too low. The Lands of the Crown of St. Stephen south of Drava alone had roughly 2 million inhabitants from 10th century onwards.
 
The crusade of Nicopolis doesn't happen at 1396 but after the Battle of Ankara 1402.The victorious crusaders throws the Ottomans out of Europe.Hungary takes a lot of former Ottoman lands.
 
Did Hungary have population base for this ? For most of its history, Hungary-Croatia is only two million inhabitants. Vistula river basin, Volga basin, Rhine, Po, or fertile NW Anatolia nearly always had greater population to provide more stable core region to dominate their neighbour.
I think the population problem was a direct result of the Ottoman Wars, if you avoid Ottoman occupation of central Hungary and move the main front at least a bit south (Serbia-Bosnia-Wallachia perhaps), their population would not suffer as a result. If the Ottomans are pushed back, the devastated Balkans could be in turn colonized by Hungarians.
 
I think the population problem was a direct result of the Ottoman Wars, if you avoid Ottoman occupation of central Hungary and move the main front at least a bit south (Serbia-Bosnia-Wallachia perhaps), their population would not suffer as a result. If the Ottomans are pushed back, the devastated Balkans could be in turn colonized by Hungarians.

Im not sure about colonisation but a bit of context:
Ottoman rule of Hungary: 1541-1699
Population of Hungary in 1500: 3,5m
Population of Hungary in 1700: 3,3m (the percentage of Hungarians in this also heavily declined)
Population of Europe in 1500: 78m
Population of Europe in 1700: 127m

This is a very good indicator of the decline of importance and position of Hungary.
 
Im not sure about colonisation but a bit of context:
Ottoman rule of Hungary: 1541-1699
Population of Hungary in 1500: 3,5m
Population of Hungary in 1700: 3,3m (the percentage of Hungarians in this also heavily declined)
Population of Europe in 1500: 78m
Population of Europe in 1700: 127m

This is a very good indicator of the decline of importance and position of Hungary.
Yeah, colonization is probably not the best word. What I mean is that certain devastated areas could be settled with Hungarians, especially if the local rulers (who might now be Hungarians themselves) need the fields worked.
 
Yeah, colonization is probably not the best word. What I mean is that certain devastated areas could be settled with Hungarians, especially if the local rulers (who might now be Hungarians themselves) need the fields worked.

Actually there has been some hungarian settlement in Moldavia - but that was before the mongol invasion. The remnants of the hungarian settlers still live there: see the csangos.
 
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