- Jul 2014
- Lower Styria, Slovenia
Yeah, the logic would be to weaken Magyar power in Hungary by giving everyone in multi-ethnic Hungary the right to vote. Of course, as you said, getting broad support among all Hungarian minorities might be quite a challenge. Indeed, I suspect that the Magyars will try playing divide and conquer in such a scenario by making deals with one ethnic group while ignoring the rest.
In regards to the Hungarians, I thought that they really liked their arrangement under A-H?
I didn't say that the Romanovs would be deposed immediately; rather, I said that I suspect that the Romanovs have a high chance of being deposed eventually even without the World Wars.
Rasputin could still have a lot of influence in Russia even without World War I. After all, Nicholas's wife trusted him and Nicholas might not have wanted to risk disobeying his wife and Rasputin--especially if Alexei would have died shortly after such disobedience and his wife and Rasputin would have blamed Nicholas's disobedience for Alexei's death.
You mean Grand Duke Nicholas Nikolaevich?
I don't think that Germany actually wanted to annex any part of A-H, though. Rather, it probably wanted to keep A-H intact in order to have a strong ally in Central Europe. Sure, A-H had its own problems, but it was a German ally for several decades by the 1910s. Thus, I don't think that Germany would have let A-H collapse and break up without a fight. Please keep in mind that, regardless of their genealogical relationship to each other, Kaiser Bill and Franz Ferdinand appear to have been good friends--and let's face it, good friends are willing to help each other out when one of them is in trouble.