We are all here... but how many of us know where we really are? no swearing please... this place surprisingly enough has a history of it's own and I was bored enough to find out about it.
During the Turkish conquest, and the take over of the free part from the Habsburgs of Austria, the city was in the borders, and was forced to pay taxes to both the High Gate of Constantinople and the Throne of Vienna. The troops of both sides however, never stopped looting the city claiming it belonged to the opposite side.
Culturally, the Reformed Christianity dominated in the region. Until today 90% of the population is Calvinist which makes -according to Hungarians always- known as Calvinist Rome.
Urbanization of the end of the 19th century, and the beginning of the 20th helped it to double in less than 50 years. Electric light was installed in 1908 and the tram in 1911. World War II also touched Debrecen, in 1944 as the frontline b/w the Soviet Armada and the Axis. A few buildings were burned and one of the largest tank battles took place near town. The Soviet Red Army had tank a little out of town. Today motorcycles and Lada Jeeps challenge the obstacles made for the BMP's and the famous T-series Russian tanks.
In 1944 the City became the Capital for a second time, and of course the Government operated in the Oratory of the Reformatus Kollegium. Industrialization (check out the worker's blocks...) touched but did not destroy Debreen while after the establishment of Capitalism municipal elections were held for the first time in 1990.