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Re: Ch.12

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  • Martin Votruba
    ... 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
    Message 1 of 4 , Dec 5, 2007
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      > 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.


      Martin

      votruba "at" pitt "dot" edu
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