Bohemia Under Hapsburg Misrule

Bohemia Under Hapsburg Misrule

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"[...]When the matter was debated in parliament in 1880 the Bohemians and other Slavs indignantly protested against it as unscientific and as a device dictated by political motives. A census so taken, they contended, was calculated to raise by artful means the numerical strength of the Germans and to deduce from it the superior importance to the state of the Germanic element to the disadvantage of the non-Germans.[3] It was argued that the mother tongue of the citizens should serve as the test of one's nationality, not the language in which the Slavic workman may be compelled to address his German employer or a Slavic subaltern his German military superior. But, as usual, Slavic opposition was over-ridden. Even fair-minded Austrians condemned the system as unscientific. Innama-Sternegg, for instance, deplored the fact that the empire should have recourse to the "Verkehrsprache" test for political purposes. On this ground[...]."show more

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  • Paperback | 110 pages
  • 152 x 229 x 6mm | 159g
  • Createspace
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 150754698X
  • 9781507546987

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