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Slovakia in History 1st Edition
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It offers historical gems guaranteed to delight businessmen and visiting diplomats seeking to impress and garner favour with their Slovak hosts.
For example, while Magyar nationalists in the early 1900s, when the Austro-Hungarian Empire still controlled much of central and Eastern Europe, insisted that there was no such thing as a Slovak nation but a few mountain Magyar shepherds, British Slovakophile Prof. Robert W. Seton-Watson argued the exact opposite and supported the efforts of Slovaks to rid themselves of their 1,000-year-old Hungarian yoke.
Elsewhere in ‘Slovakia in History’, Teich Mikuláš, one of the book’s editors, an Emeritus Fellow of Robinson College Cambridge and a Honorary Professor at Vienna’s University of Technology, makes another little-known point about Slovakia.
He points out that Cambridge University Press (CUP) was initially somewhat skeptical about publishing anything on Slovakia, given that the nation didn’t exist as a state before 1918. What swayed the venerable editors at the CUP was a reference to Slovakia made in 1669 by one of Cambridge University’s (and Lincolnshire’s) most famous sons, Sir Isaac Newton.
Mikuláš makes the point that while ‘Slovakian’ barley was widely known and sought after by brewers in Germany, it was Newton’s use of ‘Sclavonia’ – the Latinised form of Slovakia – in a famous letter known as the ‘Aston letter,’ dated 18 May 1669, that persuaded them to give the go-ahead.Read more ›