Our Slavic Fellow Citizens - 1910

Slovak Emigration
Chapter VI

Slovak History

As has been said, tbe Slovaks have no independent history, though the part of thc country which makes their home has been the scene of many wars and romantic episodes, and the Slovaks have made sturdy fighters on many a bitter field. The capital of the ninth century kingdom of Great Moravia was the Slovak town of Nyitra. The Slovaks have endured successively Polish rule, Magyar rule, Tatar invasions, peaceful incursions af German settlers, Hussite raids, and dynastic wars of Hungary. The most striking episode, however, is the semi-independence in the fourteenth century of Matthew of Trencsen, "Lord of the Waag and the Tatra," who with some thirty fortified castles defied king and pope.

Cf. Capek: "The Slovaks of Hungary," page 103; also Seton-Watson: "Racial problems in Hungary," page 23


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