RE: [Slovak-World] Late Medieval Age questions
- Dear Claudia,
I have some old transcribed german books from Spis dealing with the german
There the Germans say that the Slavs should not be permitted to court
functions because they were unreliable and prone to quarrel.
The Germans were not "advanced" but were advanced and still are.
Germans were always Germans, but citizens of Hungary. Germans were Germans
all the time, while Slovaks emerged as Slovaks only in 19th century.
Caplovic wrote a very nice Ethnography of Slavs living on the territory of
Slovakia, but the translator changed that to Slovaks.
The identity of ethnicity is something that can not change with a new
Overlord. How can you ask such a question? Ethnicity is blood.
Countries which are made of immigrants are a different story and can not be
compared to european countries.
From: Slovak-World@yahoogroups.com [mailto:Slovak-World@yahoogroups.com] On
Behalf Of Claudia Medvik
Sent: Sunday, September 30, 2007 3:08 AM
Subject: [Slovak-World] Late Medieval Age questions
The invited emmigration of Germans into Slovakia/Hungary, seems to affected
the whole of the area in time. Was there a very large difference in
technology, education and social norms from the more Eastern influenced
Slovaks? The book mentions several times that the Germans in towns and
cities sought to exclude Slovaks from any positions of government. Was it
more than a language difference, a class difference as well? They seemed to
be at odds. Was that something that was over come with time?
Was agriculture/forrest village life more important to Slovaks, than the
more industrial/trade life of German towns? And the exposure of the more
'advanced' Germans lifestyles enlargened their vistas?
Did the Germans ever come to think of themselves as Hungarians?
And was the identity of Slovak, or German or Magyar stay fixed with the
people during the newer invasions by another new and different Overlord, the
Turks? Did a change in Overlords matter to the peasant Slovak at all?
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