- I meant to send out a reminder about the next chapter on Friday, but forgot. I haven't had a chance to read the chapter yet myself. Is anyone out there still reading the book?
- Good point, Chuck....
I personally still find it hard to remember that Europe in the middle
ages was much different than the Europe of today. In the 13th
century, that part of Hungary which is present-day Slovakia could have
been quite urbanized when compared to other parts of the country.
Regarding references to Slovakia/Slovenia in Julie's readings, it's
not surprising. Slavic settlement of what is modern-day Slovenia
began in 550 and originated in Moravia so there is an historical link.
More on Slovenia's history can be found here:
I didn't study Slovenian prior to my short visit to Ljubljana in 1999.
That said, having now studied Slovak for several years and looking at
online Slovenian language courses, one can see quite a bit of
similarity between the languages much as I saw with Croatian when
visiting there a couple of years ago. I would say it's like the
similarity between Spanish and Italian.
Paul in NW Florida
--- In Slovak-World@yahoogroups.com, LongJohn Wayne
> Fantastic observations.
> And I didn't even read the book. Thannks,
> Slovak-World. You have become my modern day Cliff
> I learn from you.
> --- J Michutka <jmm@...> wrote:
> > It's been a busy week, and I'm only now getting
> > around to posting
> > about Spiesz's book. I just have a couple of quick
> > things to say,
> > before I call it a night.
> > I enjoyed the afterword, having a nice summary after
> > reading the book
> > over such a long stretch of time.
> > Question: Why on pp. 274-275 do we suddenly get
> > several references
> > to "Slovenes/Slovaks"?
> > Unexpected: p. 276: "The territory that is
> > Slovakia today was the
> > most urbanized part of the Hungarian Kingdom <in the
> > 13th century>".
> > I don't know which is worse, my ignorance of
> > Slovakia or my ignorance
> > of Hungary! I think of Slovakia as being (past and
> > present) rather
> > rural... in spite of the fact that the country is
> > dotted with larger
> > towns with beautiful old squares (= commerce & money
> > in past
> > centuries, right?) where I like to have lunch at a
> > sidewalk table on
> > a sunny summer day. Am I the only one with this
> > misperception? Is
> > it because most of us think of our impoverished
> > peasant ancestors in
> > villages, and we forget that there really was
> > commerce and trade and
> > prosperity as well? I mean, I *know* about the
> > towns and cities, but
> > keep forgetting about how many there were
> > historically, and what was
> > happening there...my mental historical picture must
> > depend too much
> > on where I see my ancestors. And I hadn't really
> > thought much about
> > how Hungary (the modern geographic area) might
> > compare to Slovakia
> > (aka Upper Hungary) back then. Interesting.
> > OK, that's it from me tonight.
> > Julie Michutka
> > jmm@...