Hungarian Nationalism in International Context

Historian article

By R.J.W. Evans, published 1st March 2003

All aspects of Hungarian nationalism – with one exception, which I shall consider later – had more or less similar counterparts elsewhere in Europe; but the blending of those elements yielded a unique constellation. Moreover, the ingredients of this mixture proved highly disruptive for central Europe, indeed at times for the continent as a whole, through the long nineteenth century from the French Revolution to 1918. The Hungarian case combined characteristics of a ‘large’, dominant nationalism – the type which is often, albeit rather misleadingly, described as ‘historical’ – with those of a ‘small’, subordinate nationalism. For this reason, on the one hand Hungarian national feeling developed political impetus comparatively early; whereas, on the other hand, the resultant denouement was comparatively slow in coming...

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