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30 January 2018


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I always try to tell my radical leftist friends that they cannot rely on us Liberals. We are their sometime allies, not their friends.


Did you actually look up the 19th century pronunciation of Windisch Grätz? I was about to correct you when I found out (on German Wikipedia, no less) that no, in fact, 19th century Austrians would pronounce the ä in this term as an a...

However, a funny thing is "Windisch" or "Wendisch" usually indicates "Slavic" in old German place names and indeed Windisch Grätz is today called Slovenj Gradec and lies in Slovenia. Yet another connection between Austro-Hungarian nobility and Slavic roots...


Thanks for telling this, the Czech and Hungarian part of this story is what most interests me. The recriminations in the aftermath must have been plenty bitter.

I had not really considered it, but the Slaves of central and eastern Europe were all dominated by non-Slavic people, except the Poles of Tsarist Russia, and that was not a happy arrangement.

You can see how all these nationalist aspirations coalesced in 1918.

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