The Difficult Birth of a Slovene Magazine in Carniola during the Vormärz Period Cover Image

Die schwere Geburt einer slowenischen Zeitschrift im Krain des Vormärz
The Difficult Birth of a Slovene Magazine in Carniola during the Vormärz Period

Author(s): Mira Miladinović Zalaznik
Subject(s): Cultural history, Media studies, Slovenian Literature, South Slavic Languages, Nationalism Studies, 19th Century, Period(s) of Nation Building, Ethnic Minorities Studies, Identity of Collectives
Published by: De Gruyter Oldenbourg
Keywords: Carniola; Slovenia; pre-March; journalism; press;

Summary/Abstract: The pathway to founding a Slovenian periodical in the Habsburg monarchy of the mid-19th century was a long one. It took five years of effort by patriotic individuals who, in 1843, launched a newspaper for farmers and craftsmen: Kmetijske in rokodelske novice [Agricultural and craft news] rather than the political or cultural periodical that they hoped for. The publicist Leopold Kordesch, the printer Josef Blasnik, the state governor of Carniola Joseph Camillo von Schmidburg and Archduke Johann worked to bring it into being. In the cultural consciousness of the Slovenes, however, the spiritual father of this publication is the veterinarian, and secretary of the Carniolan Agricultural Society, Johann Bleiweis, who was the paper’s editor for decades after 1845. He introduced a consistent form of Slovenian writing, promoted the improvement of the general knowledge of his compatriots, and influenced their political orientation at a time when this newspaper was the only authorized periodical in Slovenian language.

  • Issue Year: 4/2023
  • Issue No: 1
  • Page Range: 23-39
  • Page Count: 17
  • Language: German