Over at First Things, I was reading a good article about the saintly hero, József Cardinal Mindszenty, when I was struck by what seemed to be a subtle anti-Hapsburg bias. This becomes apparent in these two lines: ” Hungary had at times been a regional power… and at others was subjugated and invaded by Mongols, Turks, Habsburgs, Nazis, and Soviets.” and “While Catholics are Hungary’s largest religious groups, its sizeable Calvinist minority led the fight for Hungarian independence. Lajos Kossuth, the leader of the 1848 anti-Habsburg Hungarian uprising, was a Calvinist; in the Hungarian mindset, Catholicism had long been linked with the Habsburgs. This changed in the twentieth century with Cardinal Jozsef Mindszenty.”
To suggest that the 1848 Revolution was a struggle for independence is to portray both the Hapsburgs and the Revolutionaries in a false light. The throne of Hungary was an independent member of the Empire, while Kossuth and his gang were traitors to the Crown of Saint Stephen, who insisted on the forced Magyarization of non-Hungarian minorities. But that’s a whole post in itself.
The question “Is it anti-Hungary to pro-Hapsburg?” can be answered with one word,
Restore the King and the Holy Crown!
Magyar honnal Hapsburg trónját
Egyesíté égi kéz