Welcome to European Tribune. It's gone a bit quiet around here these days, but it's still going.
Great post, I have some disagreements but no time to go into them right now. It does remind me of an excellent Leninist student I had who wrote a paper on the Hungarian Revolution which argued that the problem with the Bela Kun government was that it was nowhere near bloodthirsty enough - no true terror. In particular he mentioned Trotsky's policy towards the peasants which he described as 'promise them everything, give them nothing, massacre all those that resist plus a random proportion of those who don't, pour encourager les autres if you will. He did have a point, the Hungarian revolutionaries did retain a certain degree of what the Bolsheviks would have disparaged as bourgeois moral scruples.
by MarekNYC on Mon Nov 7th, 2005 at 04:28:07 AM EST
Good comment, inspired a tangential reply.

"Kingdom without a king, led by an Admiral without a sea"

Hungary between the World Wars was a place of dark ironies. To explain the above, a recap: -

Like in Russia, first there was an autumn bourgeois revolution. Unlike in Russia, this meant an end of fighting, but as other fighting parties only capitalised on this with territorial grabs, the government weakened. Like in Russia, then came the second revolution by the communists, but unlike in Russia, the Whites, led by an Admiral of the Austro-Hungarian Navy, defeated them (followed by White Terror). Then in Paris, as the Austro-Hungarian Empire was cut up, Hungary lost 2/3 of its territory, half its population and about a fourth of its ethnic-Hungarian population.

Now, for the right, there was (is) the national-pathologic "Thesis of the Holy Crown": that the Hungarian royal crown and the Carpathian Basin are divinely connected and indivisible. As this became the official ideology to reinforce claims to the lost territories, when the Admiral installed himself as dictator, he took the title of Governor - and chased away the Habsburg heir, who would be the rightful heair of said crown!...

And the dark irony of the Red-White confrontation was: the Whites capitalised on the Reds' open back just during the latters' (successful) campaigns to regain territory, and then lost much more territory with abysmal dyplomacy in Paris. (The delegation was led by the ex-education-minister responsible for the harshest anti-minority policies...)

*Lunatic*, n.
One whose delusions are out of fashion.

by DoDo on Mon Nov 7th, 2005 at 07:01:01 PM EST
[ Parent ]