Cover Osteuropa 12/2009

In Osteuropa 12/2009

You Old Slovak!
“Rational State Historicism” instead of Slavic Invocation

Frank Hadler

Deutsche Fassung


The Slavs who lived in the Greater Moravian Empire of the 9th century were long seen as the forefathers of the Czechs and Slovaks. Fifteen years after the end of the Czechoslovakia, the government in Bratislava, under the motto of a “rational state historicism,” is challenging historians with the assertion that Greater Moravia was the state of “Old Slovaks” and Svatopluk, who died in 894, their king.

(Osteuropa 12/2009, pp. 273–280)