The Paris Peace Conference a Hundred Years Later: An American’s Perspective Given to a Hungarian Community in Transylvania

Authors: George White*, South Dakota State University
Topics: Political Geography, Europe, Ethnic Geography
Keywords: Europe, political boundaries, nationhood, ethnicity
Session Type: Paper
Day: 4/4/2019
Start / End Time: 3:05 PM / 4:45 PM
Room: Hampton Room, Omni, East
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The decisions made at the Paris Peace Conference had a profound effect on many of the peoples of Europe. The Hungarians were among the most affected as the Kingdom of Hungary was stripped of approximately two-thirds of its territory. Consequently, a sizeable number of Hungarians were left outside of the resulting Hungarian nation-state, making them one of the larger groups of ethnic minorities in Europe. Among them are the Székelys of eastern Transylvania. The decisions made in Paris impacted them in a particular way, giving them unique perspectives. A representative of this community contacted the author of this paper to contribute a chapter to a volume dedicated to the centenary of the Paris Peace Conference. This paper is a reflection on that experience and an overview of what was written concerning the successes and failures resulting from the decisions made in Paris in light of the impact that it had on Hungarians.

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