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History paper by Kádár-Lynn, Katalin (all papers)
The Making of a Conservative: Tibor Eckhardt’s Formative Years
Any Hungarian who experienced World War I, the dismemberment of the Austro-Hungarian Empire and the trauma of the Trianon peace treaty was deeply affected by these seminal events. Hungarian politics during the subsequent inter-war period was dominated by politicians who lived through these turbulent and unsettling times, which had a profound and lasting influence on them as individuals and on their political views.
In Tibor Eckhardt, one of the co-founders of the Smallholders Party and the head of the opposition in Hungarian parliament during the interwar period, we have just such a politician. Born in 1888, he came of age and was educated in Hungary and abroad during the fin de siècle period when the Hungarian economy and culture were in flower under the Dual Monarchy. This paper will explore how his background in a family rooted in the Hungarian gentry and the events of World War I and its immediate aftermath shaped his political views and influenced his actions during the interwar period and throughout his life.
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