Later this year - probably in early September - I'm planning a trip to
Ruthenia... Rather to my surprise I found a Czech language guidebook to the
region in my local bookshop yesterday, which in its overview of the history
of the area offers this on its name:
"Rusini se nemohli ztotoznit ani se svym uzemim, nebot' Podkarpatska Rus
nebyla v minulosti v Uhrach zadnou spravni jednotkou a ani se
nestabilizoval nazev uzemi. Jen neoficialne se kraj pod horami oznacoval
jako Karpatalja. Po pohrane valce Mad'ari ustanovili administrativni celek
Ruszka Krajna. Nazev Podkarpatska Rus vymysleli roku 1918 emigranti v USA.
Pocatkem roku 1939 se kratce pouzival nazev Karpatska Ukrajina a dnes se
uzemi nazyva Zakarpatska oblast."
""The Rusins could not even identify with their land, as Sub-Carpathian Rus
had not in the Austro-Hungarian past been a governmental ward, and even the
name of the area had never stabilised. The land beneath the mountains was
called Karpatalja [Carpathalia] only unofficially. After the lost war the
Hungarians established the administrative unit of Ruszka Krajna. The term
Podkarpatska Rus [Sub-Carpathian Rus] was thought up in 1918 by emigrants
in the USA. At the beginning of 1939 the name Karpatska Ukraijna
[Carpathian Ukraine[ was used for a short while, and today it is termed the
Zakarpatska oblast [Transcarpathian region].""
Just back from 3 weeks backpacking in Thailand, and still with itchy