The book asks, what became of the people of wood and steel and cattle herds, the shippers, the fishermen, the multi ethnic cavalcade of craftsmen merchants and the coal and uranium miners? How were their lives transformed?
What typified the city's survival in the past? The economy and market and sense of community. What did people do in the past and present? They produced. What and where? They felled trees and cut wood, they produced aeroplanes, they grazed sheep, they wove and spun, they healed and judged. They grew grapes and fruit. They made wine and distilled cognac, schnapps, vodka, grappa. They dug cellars and made barrels, worked as vintners and cartwrights. They used tools. They built ships and made nets. They made snow-shoes. What were the ancestors like? What are the new residents like? The book wishes to present the universal 'local resident' with their house, furniture, garden, and the Sunday service.
The book will also examine the cities' various cultural strata (the elite and the commercial, the high and the low). It will include documentation of past and present writers, of theatres and actors, of artists and their public, of the treasures of museums, the c1assical local cinemas, casinos, coffee houses and modern places of amusement.
The book will also take note of the culinary delights of Pécs's twin cities; of their ethnic diversity; of the division of labour; of their universities and agricultural establishments, their farms, scrap yards and car salesrooms. Of the cities' industry and the relics of its past - the towers, traverses and quarry carte; of their famous inventors, tradesmen, botanists, geographers and chemists, in just the same way as the cities' sports and sports-grounds have a place in the book.