The Lenin Boys Go To War – Hungarian Soviet Republic I THE GREAT WAR 1919

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Like many European countries, Hungary experiences rapid political changes in the aftermath of the 1918 armistices. The Kingdom of Hungary used to rule big parts of South Eastern Europe and many peoples within its former boundaries are now gaining independence and expand their territory. The new Hungarian Republic is faced by external and internal pressures and after a coup becomes the Hungarian Soviet Republic, the 2nd Soviet State in Europe. 

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