NOTHING NEW UNDER THE SUN (ALMOST)
4th June, 1920 : The Treaty of Trianon, cutting Hungary to a quarter of its old size, was signed today. This almost completes the drastic redrawing of the map of Europe which has been under way since the war ended. The war destroyed four empires – German, Russian, Austrian and Turkish – and in sorting out the bits President Wilson’s principle of self-determination has been followed as a way of easing the tensions that ignited the war. But there are fears that it may in fact replace old tensions with new ones. The treaty makers removed from the old empires territories with national minorities, but, in doing so, created “reverse” minorities. For example, Czechs and Slovaks, minorities under Habsburgs, now form Czechoslovakia, which has a German minority.