East Central Europe 1914 CE

Central Europe remains divided between the Russian, Austro-Hungarian and German empires.

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What is happening in East Central Europe in 1914CE

The Austro-Hungarian government has been increasingly interested in extending its influence in the Balkans, where it has come up against the rival ambitions of Russia. The resulting tensions have triggered the First World War.

Hungary is an equal partner with Austria in the Austro-Hungarian Empire. The remaining area about which the Hungarian elite feels resentment, is that German is the language of command in the Austro-Hungarian army. However, their wish to push this issue to its logical conclusion (separate armies for Austria and Hungary) has been muted by the emperor’s threat to introduce universal male suffrage, which would deliver political power into the hands of the Slav majority in the Hungarian part of the empire.

Meanwhile, Poland remains absorbed within the Russian empire.

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