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    It's hard to imagine that a request for paralel Slovene classes on a local high school could cause the fall of the government of the biggest country in Europe but that's exactly what happened after the events in the Lower Styrian town of Celje.

    1895 could easily be called a year of earthquakes by Slovenes and while one demoslished Ljubljana pretty badly another, different one in Celje shook far more than simply the town …


    Celje. Who doesn't know better would say it looks like an ordinary, small, sleepy Styrian town. But not in the second half of the 19th century, oh no. That was the time when Styrian Slovenes, who formed about one third of the population of the crownland Styria fought for their rights. Slovenes formed an absolute majority in the sounternmost third of the duchy, yet there were little to none Slovene high schools.

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    Celje at that time had a big portion of Germans – about 65 % – and was seen as some sort of German fort in a Slovene region. The 19th century gave rise to nationalism on both sides and the rivalry among Slovenes and Germans in Celje got especially strong. Slovenes went to one church, Gemans to another one. Slovenes went to Slovene bars, Germans to German ones etc.

    Celje at the time was a small town (yet the 2nd largest in Lower Styria) and life there was relatively cheap, which was the reason for many Slovenes from the region and also from other duchies (Carniola and Carintia) to attend the grammar school (gimnazija) there. The lessons were all in German and Slovene representatives requested aditional classes to be formed for Slovene speaking pupils, which were far from being a small, insignificant minority. Of course, it was not aproved but Slovenes didn't stop there and soon this question grew beyond regional boundaries. As even the Styrian Landtag couldn't deal the thing it was up to prime minister Alfred von Windisch-Grätz and his government to handle the problem. It escalated so far that the government had to resign, all because of a few Slovene classes in a little town … Those then came anyway and since 1895 the lessons on that grammar school are in Slovene. I guess it was just bad luck, Alfred.




    Can you tell me whats happening with the germans?

    Boris V.
    Boris V.

    What do you mean @Montii26



    Celje at that time had a big portion of Germans – about 65 %
    Also Maribor was full of germans
    but now there aren´t any germans (thank god)
    but whats happenin to them?

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