> Did the two German groups come from different regions in Germany?
Those around Bratislava were there for about as long as the
Slavs/Slovaks, the Spis Germans arrived especially after the 1240s, so
the Germans were ancient, historical locals as much as the Slovaks
have been ancient, historical locals. The cultures of the Germans
were shaped by their local histories just like the differences among
the Slovaks were. What mattered, and speeded up a degree of
urbanization and "mercantilization" of the Kingdom, was that the
Germans were much more actively in touch with the more urbanized and
mercantile areas in the Germanic "Holy Roman Empire" and brought ideas
from there, so the Slovaks and other peoples in the Kingdom moved
faster in that direction than they would have otherwise.
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