Universitatea „Lucian Blaga” din Sibiu Lucian Blaga University of Sibiu
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Towards the Aster Revolution in Hungary and the Proclamation of the Popular Republic
(11 October – 16 November 1918)
The dissolution of the Austro-Hungarian empire took by surprise the Hungarian political class which seemed unable to understand the signs of the time. The monarch’s proposal of democratization triggered an unpredictable reaction in Budapest: Hungary declared its independence and territorial integrity. On October 23, the Wekerle government was forced to resign. The aristocracy’s struggle to preserve the status quo was shattered by the Aster Revolution in the night between 30 and 31 October 1918. The Hungarian National Council set up on the night of 23-24 October, took over the political power and Council President, Mihály Károlyi, became prime minister.
Keywords: Aster Revolution, Mihály Károlyi, Hungarian National Council, Romanian National Council.