A History of Slovenia
Edited By Oto Luthar
515 EPILOGUE The purpose of this book, as stated in the introduction, was to present a con- cise, structured, and intelligible history of the Slovenes. In addition to the usual and rather rare texts of this kind, we also took into due consideration the history of the territory between the Eastern Alps and the Pannonian plain. Starting with the period that began long before the first Slavic settlements, we paid special attention to the time just before and during the Roman Empire. By doing so we particularly wished to emphasize that our ancestors did not settle an empty territory, but rather coexisted with other peoples and cultures ever since their arrival in the Eastern Alps. Over the past 1300 years this has enabled them to build a community shaped by countless influences. However, those Slavs who advanced farthest westwards exerted a dynamic impact on both the original population and their new neighbors from the outset. For this and a multitude of other reasons stemming from such a long period of living in a melting pot of languages, cultures, and landscapes, they were well known for their chameleonic abilities from the very beginning of the Central European nation-building processes. From the end of the 19th century, if not before, foreigners described them as people who shared plenty with their Ger- man, Romance, and South Slav neighbors. The same reasons have most probably also contributed to the perception of their land as a “land in between,” which has lasted for more than...
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