Great Empires and the Great War

Thu 24 Sep

Thursday, 24 September 2020

6.00pm - 7.00pm

Panel Discussion | Online Only

Great Empires and the Great War

Central Powers or Allies? Victorious or defeated? A global empire or a local empire? Discover how the Great War affected the British Empire and the Austro-Hungarian Empire.

This event has finished, but you can watch it again online at any time until Sunday, 11 October 2020.

Price: FREE
Map showing parts of the former Austro-Hungarian Empire


'World War II has ended, the Cold War has ended, but the Great War continues,' claims historian Dr Maria Schmidt in her recent book entitled 'A New World is Born'.

In this trailblazing discussion, chief historian of Hungary's WWI Remembrance Committee, Dr Maria Schmidt, and former senior advisor to Margaret Thatcher, John O'Sullivan, re-discover the aftermath of the Great War and how it transformed the societies of the British Empire and the Austro-Hungarian Empire into what we call Great Britain and Hungary today.

Join this intellectual journey as British and Hungarian experts explore similarities and differences after 1920 seemingly brought an agreement to cease fire on the old continent.

John O’Sullivan, CBE is a journalist, author, lecturer and broadcaster. He is President of the Danube Institute in Budapest, Assistant Editor of the Hungarian Review, English Edition as well as International Editor of Quadrant Magazine, Sydney, Australia, co-founder of Twenty-first Century Initiatives, a Washington DC-based think tank, and a Fellow of the National Review Institute. In 1987-88, he served as a Special Adviser to Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher in Downing Street. During this period, and after he left Downing Street, he served informally as a regular speechwriter for the Prime Minister.

Mária Schmidt PhD is a historian and Director-General of the Twentieth Century Institute, the Twenty-first Century Institute and the House of Terror Museum. Maria graduated from Budapest’s Eötvös Loránd University, Faculty of Arts as a teacher of History and German. She was the Chief Advisor to the Hungarian Prime Minster from 1998 to 2002. In 2003, Maria was a member of the World War One Centenary Memorial Committee and Chief Curator of the exhibition devoted to the war and its aftermath. Recently, Maria has taken the role of Government Commissioner in charge of the Memorial Year of the 30th anniversary of the transition to democracy in 1989-90.

Tamás Barcsay holds degrees from the University of Toronto and a doctorate from the University of Oxford on his cousin Mihály Karolyi. He is Professor Emeritus of History at Ryerson University, Toronto and Senior Associate Member of St Antony's College, Oxford, 1987. He is the former Director and Programme Chairman of the Atlantic Council of Canada, Chairman of the Toronto Branch, Canadian Institute of International Affairs. He has recently written on the role of the former Hungarian Foreign Minister, Tibor Scitovszky, at Versailles and is currently working on a biography of his great-uncle Miklós Bánffy.

This event is sponsored by the Hungarian Cultural Centre, London.

Hungarian Cultural Centre

Date & time

Thursday, 24 September 2020
6.00pm - 7.00pm


Online Only


Online: FREE

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