VERITAS Research Institute for History and Archives

04 December 2019

The (Visegrád) V4 Architectural Foundation and the VERITAS Institute jointly host our colleague Róbert Hermann, whose lecture is entitled The 19th Century Antecedents of the Treaty of Trianon: The Ethnicity Question in 1848–1849

Following victory in the Hungarian Revolution, the initial euphoria of the ethnic minorities residing within the borders of Hungary eventually gave way to disappointment, the former because of the successful bourgeois transformation of society, the latter because of the unwillingness of the ascendant Hungarian government to grant them representative rights and local autonomous governments...with the exception of the Croatians, whom the Hungarian government considered to be an independent nation.

For 170 years, the debate has raged on whether the Hungarian political elite could have been more accommodating, and if it had chosen to be, could military defeat have then been avoided? Did Batthyány, Kossuth and their associates “mishandle” the minority question? Or did they come face to face with an unsolvable dilemma? Dr. Hermann tackles these and other questions in his lecture.

The event is free to the public, but registration is required due to limited space. You may register at the following address: or by calling Beáta Albrecht at +36 70 389 8720.

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

Date: 5:30 PM on (Wednesday) December 4th, 2019