The White Terror: Antisemitic and Political Violence in Hungary, 1919-1921, 1st Edition (Hardback) book cover

The White Terror

Antisemitic and Political Violence in Hungary, 1919-1921, 1st Edition

By Béla Bodó


334 pages

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The White Terror was a movement of right-wing militias that for two years actively tracked down, tortured, and murdered members of the Jewish community, as well as former supporters of the short-lived Council Republic in the years following World War I. It can be argued that this example of a programme of virulent antisemitism laid the foundations for Hungarian participation in the Holocaust.

Given the rightward shift of Hungarian politics today, this book has a particular resonance in re-examining the social and historical context of the White Terror.

Table of Contents


List of Maps

List of Figures



1 – The Tószegi Affair: The Role of Rumors

2 – Rhythm of Violence

3 – The Red Terror as a Reaction to the White Terror

4 – The Space of Violence

5 – Forms of Violence

6 – Sexual Assaults

7 – Violence as Social Positioning

8 – Bourgeois Rebels




About the Author

Béla Bodó is Professor of East European History at the University of Bonn. He is the author of Tiszazug: The Social History of a Murder Epidemic.

About the Series

Mass Violence in Modern History

Despite the horrors of nineteenth century conflicts including the US Civil War and the Napoleonic Wars, it was not until the twentieth century that mass killing was conducted on an industrialized scale. While the trenches of Flanders and the atomic bomb were major manifestations of this, mass violence often occurred outside the context of conventional war or away from the traditional battlefield. Research has understandably tended to focus on major events and often within a binary superpower narrative. In fact, instances of mass violence are often hard to pin down as well as being little known, and involving civilians and citizens of a wider range of territories than is publicized. The books in this series shed light on mass violence in the modern era, from Armenia to Rwanda; from Belarus to Bosnia-Herzegovina and many points in between.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
HISTORY / General
HISTORY / Jewish
HISTORY / Europe / Austria & Hungary
HISTORY / Holocaust