Mihály Károly and István Bethlen: Hungary
Bryan Cartledge

Mihály Károly and István Bethlen: Hungary

Mihály Károly and István Bethlen: Hungary will form part of the Haus series Makers of the Modern World: The Peace Conferences 1919-23 and their Aftermath. Like other volumes in the series, Károly and Bethlen will chronicle the lives of the two men most responsible for guiding their country’s fortunes during the run-up to the Peace Conference and, in Bethlen’s case, coping with its tragic aftermath. Károly presided over a liberal revolution which foundered on the punitive armistice terms imposed on Hungary by the Entente powers in 1919, enabling the Communists under Béla Kun to assume power. These events and the turmoil surrounding them kept Hungary away from the conference table in Paris at which her future was being decided. The eventual Treaty of Trianon (1920) deprived Hungary of two-thirds of her territory and over half her population, an injustice which festered during the inter-war years and eventually drove Hungary into the arms of Nazi Germany. It fell to Bethlen to manage Hungary’s gradual economic recovery during that period and her re-admission to the international community. Cartledge’s book will bring into sharp focus one of the most dramatic and disastrous episodes in Hungary’s crisis-strewn history.

Book Details:

  • Author: Bryan Cartledge
  • Published Year: 2008
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    • UK: Haus Publishing

Bryan Cartledge

After taking a double First in History and a Russian language qualification at Cambridge University, Bryan Cartledge undertook research into aspects of the Russian Revolution at St. Antony’s College, Oxford (where he was elected to a Research Fellowship in 1958) and at the Hoover Institute, Stanford University.He was enlisted to assist Sir Anthony Eden (later the Earl of Avon) with the first volume of his memoirs, an experience which encouraged him to embark on a diplomatic career.In the British Diplomatic Service, Cartledge served in Sweden, the Soviet Union and Iran before being app...
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Book Reviews

  • "Histories of Hungary are usually the works of natives of that small country. There are few exceptions to that; but now we have a very valuable one. Bryan Cartledge’s The Will to Survive: A History of Hungary excels for many reasons: the breadth of his knowledge, his historical and humane insights, and the fineness of this author’s style. Many of his pages breathe a genuine sympathy and a, not always uncritical, understanding of the sometimes tragic, but also sometimes inspiring history of that country and of its people. This is the best history of Hungary in the English language."
    John Lukacs
  • "Deeply researched, comprehensive, lucid and elegantly written - this is engrossing history, all the more welcome for its appearance fifty years after Hungary's abortive but inspiring Revolution of 1956"
    Charles Wheeler
  • "meticulously researched and beautifully written......The Will to Survive is set to become the standard work on Hungary"
    International Affairs