Re: [Slovak-World] Re: Hungarian education system book review,Part 2
> Only the top bananas were "Austrisized" ;-). I believe the language ofI agree, Janko -- and so did the Magyar lower nobility. It was those
> the common folk remained Hungarian.
people (including the German-Slovak born Louis Kossuth) who were the
driving force of Magyar ethnic activism.
While the countryside -- depending on the region -- was predominantly
Magyar, Slovak, Romanian, Croatian, etc., many towns were linguistically
German to a high degree. For instance, about 80% of the people in what
became the Kingdom's center of power, Budapest, had German as their main
language around 1850. Or Bratislava -- it probably never had a Magyar
majority in the Kingdom's history. In 1880, it had 65% Germans and 18%
Magyars. By that time, however, ethnic activists had managed to switch
Budapest to 80% Magyar.
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