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The Afterlife of the Treaty of Trianon
The Afterlife of the Treaty of Trianon

Author(s): Géza Jeszenszky
Subject(s): History
Published by: Society of the Hungarian Quarterly
Keywords: the Peace Treaty of Trianon

Summary/Abstract: Miklós Zeidler: A revíziós gondolat (The Idea of Revision), Budapest, Osiris, 2001, 256 pp. • Archimédesz Szidiropulosz: Trianon utóélete, I–III. (The Afterlife of Trianon, I–III), Budapest, XX. Század Intézet, 2002, 260 pp; 2003, 372 pp.; Kairosz n.d. 453 pp. • Ágnes Beretzky: Scotus Viator és Macartney Elemér: Magyarországkép változó előjelekkel. (Scotus Viator and Aylmer Macartney: Images of Hungary with Variable Indicators), Budapest, Akadémiai Kiadó, 2005, 138 pp. Trianon refers to two palaces in the grounds of Versailles, once the favoured place of resort of the kings of France. In one of them, the Grand Trianon, the peace treaty with Hungary was signed in 1920, after the First World War. It has been widely held (and not only by Hungarians) that this was a most unjust settlement, far more punitive than the Versailles Diktat forced upon Germany. Trianon divided up the thousand-year-old Kingdom of Hungary, reducing its territory from 325,000 square kilometres to 93,000, and attaching 3.5 million ethnic Hungarians to countries where they were to become victims of discrimination. Since I reviewed the latest account of the making of that treaty in these pages, several works have been published in Hungary about the impact of Trianon on Hungarian politics and on the reactions it has induced in the general public. The abiding interest in Trianon is due to more than its being the most drastic dismemberment of a country in history, apart from the Partition (and obliteration from the map) of Poland in 1795.[...]

  • Issue Year: 2006
  • Issue No: 184
  • Page Range: 101-111
  • Page Count: 11
  • Language: English