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11 A new approach Georg Friedrich Hegel, Johann Gottfried Herder, and other representatives off German Romanticism were the first to see the need for a link between national existence and linguistic expression; it aroused immediately interest among the Slavs in their linguistic traditions and their history. Among the intellectual elites of various Slavic peoples there was (and may still be) a national self-consciousness that was greater than a nationalism defined as supremacy y towards the exterior, as hegemony.

13 Branislav Varsik, Národnostný problém Trnavskej univerzity (Bratislava: Ucená spolecnost Šafaríkova v Bratislave, 1938), p. 235. , p. 237. 15 See Jozef Šimoncic, ‘Peter Pázman a Slováci v Trnave’, in Ústav dejín Trnavskej university, Fons tyrnaviensis I. K dejinám Trnavskej university. Konferencie, symposia, správy (Trnava: Ústav dejín Trnavskej university v Trnave, 2006), pp. 21–6. , Trnavská univerzita 1635–1777 (Trnava: Trnavská univerzita v Trnave, 1997), p. 55. 22 Whence h Centrall Europe??

27 But that is another story. 28 It would not seem, however, that they were privileged in any way. Komorovský explains: ‘What contributed fundamentally y to the universality of the University of Trnava was the fact that Latin was the language of instruction. In practical terms this meant that a member of any y nation could be a university professor. ’30 One can conclude that the Slovak contribution to the university and its intellectual life was anything but minor. The university had developed into one of the major intellectual centres off Central Europe and was fully involved in the intellectual life not just of the Hungarian kingdom and Slovakia, but of all of Europe when, what can only y 18 Whence h Centrall Europe??

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