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On The Modern (Mis) Understanding Of Old History In The Case Of The Enthronement Of The Carinthian Dukes

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In late February 2005, the new Slovene Minister of Education, Milan Zver, suggested in one of his first interviews that one of the "elements of Slovene history which have been unjustly ignored" and which "students taking A-levels should know" was the "importance of the Carantanian oath to the development of western democracies. The "Carantanian oath" the minister had in mind was the enthronement of the Carantanian princes or Carinthian dukes. As far as the issue of the election of the Carantanian princes and the dukes of Carinthia is concerned, they are almost certainly totally uninformative and as such unusable. The likelihood that they do not provide useful information is definitely much higher than that they would reliably depict the old Carantanian of Carinthian practice. This conclusion then dismisses everything related to the role of the kosez-judge and assembly in the election of the princes of Carantania or dukes of Carinthia.

Keywords: Carantanian oath; Carantanian princes; Carinthian dukes; Carinthian enthronement; kosez-judge; Milan Zver; Slovene history; western democracies



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