History | Hungary between 1890 and 1945
D300 | 31791 | Ablonczy


Above class meets with CEUS R343/R543

The course offers an overview of Hungarian History in the first half
of the twentieth century (ca. 1890-1945).  In 1919, Hungary was a
member-state of the Habsburg Monarchy, the native land of composer
Bela Bartok, actor Bela Lugosi, and the first communist dictator in
Central Europe, Bela Kun, a country of multiple faces with social
tensions between the underclass, the bourgeoise, and the magnates
and a cultural life that inspired many great spirits of the 20th
century.  The Great War and revolutions destroyed the liberal era
and an authoritarian, conservative regime took place under the
direction of Admiral Horthy.  Counter-revolution, consolidation and
stabilization were the main topics of this quarter of a century
(1920-1944).  Hungary’s disastrous participation in the Second World
War made obvious that Hungary had to become a Soviet satellite.
This course focuses on politics, culture and economics to highlight
this often disputed period of Hungarian history.