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A Plea For A Different View Of Ancient Slovene History

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"Slovene history" is understood as the history of the territory in the sense that it addresses the history of all peoples and communities involved in the making of history in the Slovene territory. The paramount question is which identity or identities the people in the Slovene area had in the times before a Slovene identity in the modern sense developed from the late 18th century onwards. This question of identity has always been addressed in very simplified, monopolistic, as well as exclusivist terms in Slovene history. The concept of Slovene history enables better observation and evaluation of historical phenomena in accordance with the period of their appearance, and not under the influence of modern (national) ideas. Finally, it provides better understanding that as Slovenes they have a perfectly ordinary, normal history, comparable to the histories of other European nations.

Keywords: European nations; Slovene history; Slovene identity



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