Welcome to European Tribune. It's gone a bit quiet around here these days, but it's still going.
My grandfather, BTW, went to his grave regretting the demise of the Empire. In retrospect, he had a point. Kinda like Yugoslavia except in black and white with long dresses and champagne. Plus, what is the word, schl"amperei, which I much prefer to ruthless, mirthless, efficiency. If only they had just attacked Serbia without waiting for permission from the bloody Prussians!
by PIGL (stevec@boreal.gmail@com) on Tue Jun 24th, 2008 at 07:11:01 PM EST
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There is a novel where, at the end of WWI an Austro-Hungarian military unit is being disbanded and everyone is happy to be able to return to their newly independent ethnic-based countries, except for the Jew.

Does anyone know what novel this is? I read about this scene in some article once.

About Yugoslavia: I have had a number of conversations with Croats of my generation (I'm 32) and slightly older. The older Croats and the girls in my generation tended to see the breakup of Yugoslavia and Tudjman's flavour of Croatian nationalism and insane. The boys in my generation (late teens at the time of the start of the Yugoslav wars) were all nationalists.

In relation to this I also had a discussion with a number of people from former Austria-Hungary and all of them agreed that Spain is a "big country" and so I couldn't relate to their "small country" concerns about national independence.

When the capital development of a country becomes a by-product of the activities of a casino, the job is likely to be ill-done. — John M. Keynes

by Carrie (migeru at eurotrib dot com) on Wed Jun 25th, 2008 at 02:59:12 AM EST
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"Basques? What Basques?"

"Pretending that you already know the answer when you don't is not actually very helpful." ~Migeru.
by poemless on Wed Jun 25th, 2008 at 11:59:48 AM EST
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