The Causes and Reasons for the Remission of Transylvania, 1919.
SANTA CLARA UNIV CALIF
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The Allies saw the War foremost as a struggle against Germany. France saw the War as a struggle against Germany and all else that was anti-French in Europe. Accordingly, France sought to insure the debilitation of both Germany and those allied with her in the War. Hungary clearly fell into the latter category. Ever cognizant of Hungarys past perfidy by her alliance with Germany, France could never be sure of Hungarys position in a future encounter. The safest course, therefore, would be to weaken Hungary and strengthen those nations on whom France felt she could rely. This was the rationale of French foreign policy throughout the 1920s. This was the reason for the Little Entente and the Franco-Romanian, Polish, Czech and Yugoslav Alliances. This was the reason that Transylvania was ceded to Romania in 1919. Hungarys loss was one more means by which France sought to secure her own pre-eminence and security in Twentieth Century Europe.
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