By Jürgen Tampke
Within the aftermath of global struggle , nearly 3 million Sudeten-Germans have been expelled from their houses within the former Czechoslovakia as a result of their half within the dismemberment of the Czechoslovak Republic by way of Nazi Germany in 1938-39. for a few years their representatives, the Sudeten-German organization, tried in useless to redress the incorrect performed to their humans. despite the fact that, the tip of the chilly struggle has given a brand new impetus to their crusade. presently they try to block Czech access into the ecu until there's restitution of confiscated houses. Jürgen Tampke tells the tale of the Sudeten-Germans from the start in their cost 700 years in the past in what's now the Czech Republic to present occasions.
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12 Czech–German Relations and the Politics of Central Europe part of the Duchy of Silesia that still remained with Austria after the ‘rape of Silesia’ by Frederick II of Prussia in 1742, were now commonly referred to). Gone was the religious tolerance of the Reformation era, the vigorous attempts to achieve a pluralist political model, and the lands’ outstanding role as a pivot of central European Renaissance. 21 Both peoples of the Zweivölkerstaat participated in this process. 22 Suffice it to say there was no suppression of the Czech language with the implicit threat of its becoming extinct or being relegated to the level of local dialects, spoken only by the lower uneducated sector of society.
The peoples of the multinational empires of Austria-Hungary and Turkey were to be given freest opportunity for autonomous development (points ten and twelve) and the frontiers of Italy were to be readjusted along recognizable lines of nationality (nine). There was to be an independent Polish state, with free and secure access to the sea (thirteen) and, last but not least, the formation of an association of nations to secure international stability and order (fourteen). The meaning of Point Ten was clear from the outset.
The abandonment of Joseph’s more radical reforms did not prevent him from being recorded by history as the ‘Revolutionary Emperor’. 14 Czech–German Relations and the Politics of Central Europe And there is a great deal of truth in this concluding sentence of an historian who was greatly impressed by his efforts: When Joseph died, the French Revolution had begun to destroy the old order. In France, the old order and the Crown which supported it had to go, because it stood in the way of a centralization of government and a unification of a hitherto stratified society, demanded by the spirit of enlightenment as well as by the economic needs of the time.
Czech-German Relations and the Politics of Central Europe: From Bohemia to the EU by Jürgen Tampke