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After the armistice ending WWI, a liberal government took over in Hungary as the country was occupied by enemy forces, paving the way for a Communist coup carried out by mostly non-Hungarians in 1919. This led to the territorial dismemberment of Hungary at the Treaty of Trianon in 1920, whereby Hungary lost nearly 3/4 of its territory and millions of Hungarians were forced under the oppressive foreign rule of the neighbouring states newly created and enlarged at Hungary's expense. The treaties ending WWI were responsible for WWII, and once again, Hungary was forced to participate in a war against its will. Between 1938 and 1941, Hungary recovered some of its lost territories. Hungary entered the war following an unprovoked attack by foreign (supposedly Soviet) forces in 1940. After attempting peace negotiations with the Allies, Hungary was invaded by the Nazis in 1944, and later that same year by the Soviets.
For further reference see Origins of the Hungarian Question and The Hungarian Question
The territorial dismemberment of Hungary by the treaty of Trianon, June 4, 1920
(the orange lines represent the pre-1920 borders, the grey lines the
borders after 1920, and the areas lost by Hungary are coloured)
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