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On Nationalised History, Myths And Stereotypes

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A bronze relief unveiled years ago serves as a useful introduction to the issues addressed in this chapter. The relief adorns the new door of the main, western portal of the archdiocesan cathedral of Ljubljana. The images on the door present the Christianisation of the Slovenes and their state in a way that is familiar from the repertoire of national historical consciousness. History and the resulting fragmentation of the area between Eastern Alps and Adriatic Sea into several states and Länder separated its inhabitants more than it united them. Another notion, important to the self-perception of the Slovenes in the 19th and 20th centuries, was the belief in the democratic nature of the social order within the free state of Carantania. The notion attributing to the medieval Holy Roman Empire the character of a German national state, is only in part a homegrown notion based on the servility myth.

Keywords: Alps - Adriatic region; Carantania; cathedral of Ljubljana; Christianisation; Holy Roman Empire; servility myth; Slovene historiography



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