VERITAS Research Institute for History and Archives

16 October 2019

The (Visegrád) V4 Architectural Foundation and the VERITAS Institute jointly host our colleague Dávid Ligeti, whose lecture is entitled Unknown Reformer: The Rule of Charles IV (1916–1918).

In his short 2-year rule, Charles IV initiated a series of far-reaching reforms. By May 1917, he had essentially replaced every important political and military leader in the Monarchy, and it was soon obvious to all observers that his leadership style differed greatly from Franz Joseph’s. He called for greater use of the Hungarian language in military administration, to the point that by the end of the war, it had, for all intents and purposes, become a language for command in the common army. In May 1917, he considered the complete overhaul of the military, while in January 1918, he also proposed establishing an independent Hungarian armed force. In domestic affairs, he was a supporter of universal suffrage and urged that steps be taken towards democratization. On October 16th, 1918, he released an imperial manifesto through which he made public his intention to transform the Monarchy into a federal alliance of equal states.   

The event is free to the public, but registration is required due to limited space. You may register at the following address:

Location: Klebelsberg Castle, Templom utca (Street) 12–14, Budapest

Date: 5:30 PM on (Wedneday) October 16th, 2019