"Every plant is stopping crying / As if skies were crying too / Oh, China is declaring war, / Oh, China has declared war. / It is coming against us with a hundred miracles, / with pointy pagodas, / with a row of fat idols, / with Buddha's magic belly." read more...
For the first sight business-related news reports popped up from time to time on pages of Pesti Napló among public news. These usually evolved around the rental of huge, tens of thousands of acres large entailed or church lands for foreign, German tenant candidates. read more...
Gerhard Ritter, the doyen of German historians, a First World War veteran, burst out as cited in the title, when Fischer Fritz presented his thesis stressing the responsibility of Germany in the First World War, harshly criticizing the foreign policy of the Second Empire in the 1964 Congress of West German historians. read more...
Three lead articles of Az Est, published rapidly after each other, indicated that the change in the mood of the hinterland became tangible in the spring of 1917, which appeared in the press as well. These three statements are noticeable even if we know that Az Est was not a pro-government organ. However, during the ear, it was mostly disciplined to keep to the official line and did not fail to indicate to the authorities what merits the press had in preserving peace in the hinterland. read more...
The Romanian war message and brief Transylvanian campaign in the summer of 1916 did not disappear without a trace. Waves of refugees, requisitions, damages caused by violence using the lack of state power, and the ones (not only Romanians) leaving with withdrawing Romanian troops as well as the intense action of authorities against suspicious persons: all these transformed the relations in the province. read more...
The catastrophe of the First World War plays a significant role both in the counter-revolutionary regime established after 1919, both in the legitimacy of the Hungarian Communist Party (MKP)’s gradual gaining of power after 1945. While pursuant to some of the right-wing interpretations Hungary lost the world war owing to the "left-wing mine work" – read more...
The outbreak of the first world war separates the history of  Galilei Kör (Galilei Circle) (1908–1919), being one of the most significant student associations in the history of Hungary, made up of atheist-free thinking young people, into two eras. While the first, "big" era was characterized by anti-clericalism, the "small" era after 1914 was centred on anti-militarism. However, read more...
The monument of Hindenburg in Berlin
We have closed the second part of our review with the description of the religious upheaval during the First World War. As a strange contradiction, the Pope's prestige diminished simultaneously. It was due to the fact that Pope Benedict XV (1914-1922) tried to stay neutral, but as the only result, in the absence of statements supporting one or the other side, neither power block felt the support of the Holy Father: the French called him the "German" Pope, while the German called him the "French" Pope. read more...
Understanding the Great War
We have closed our review with the list of taboos from World War I, like homosexual relations or the suicide of front soldiers. Authors of the book entitled 1914-1918, Understanding the Great War, Stéphane Audoin-Rouzeau and Annette Becker also pointed out how violence against civilians was ousted from the memory of the First World War: "The memory of the Great War kept almost exclusively the violence where the victims were soldiers, and forgot violent acts against the unarmed population. And almost completely the opposite happened with World War II." read more...
Understanding the Great War
If we look at the hundred-year-old historiography of World War I, we can conclude that it was at first characterised by political historical and diplomatic historical approaches, and later historians turned to the society, followed by the language-related and cultural historical turn. In other words: the first examined how the front was established; the second scrutinized how the soldier got to the front; while the third perspective studied how the front soldier looked at the battlefield and how he felt there. The book entitled 1914–1918, Understanding the Great War summarized the latest results and approaches of First World War researches. read more...
Soldiers in the Franz Joseph Barracks, 1918 (Fortepan_19421)
Though the above quote was published in the weekly paper Vasárnapi Újság in September 1914, it did not reflect the personal opinion of the journalist, but referenced the contents of the legal regulation adopted in 1913, in the previous year, by the Parliament. The 1913 Act was in fact the late adoption of the international regulation amended in 1907, accepted in the first Hague Peace Conference in 1899, recording the rights of prisoners of war. The codification of the regulation meant, however, that upon a potential war, the Hungarian government shall ensure the rights of prisoners of war stationed in the country and their adequate care. read more...
Want-ad from "Az Est" (1917)
Though the above title was partly borrowed from a cookbook by Judit Stahl, the recipes described below are not fun dishes to prepare in twenty minutes, but rather war recipes – and their preparation, just like their consumption, was much more time-consuming. The issue of food supply, the shrinking of consumption and the shortage of goods were cardinal problems during war years, therefore we have discussed this topic in several articles on our website. Before dealing with the specific dishes and household tricks, let us summarize again the most significant ones. read more...