Throughout the first half of the twentieth century, Hungary’s national borders continually shifted as a result of various treaties, wars and geopolitical alignments. There are now significant Hungarian-speaking communities in Slovakia, Serbia, Ukraine and most notably Romania, its biggest neighbor to the east. This lecture aims to introduce the place and role of Hungarian foreign policy and diplomatic relations on the tumultuous stage of European politics and conflicts. It will shed light on the reasons for why the country’s foreign policy remained one of limited possibilities but strong determinations, particularly in relation to its immediate neighbors and within the European Union at large.
Árpád Hornjak is an associate professor of history at the University of Pecs and a senior research fellow at the Institute of History of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences in Budapest.