Author:Peter Simonič (Faculty of Arts, University of Ljubljana)
Paper short abstract:
The establishment of Habsburg Empire was accompanied by scientific descriptions of domestic and foreign cultures. These ethnographic facts are full of ideological ballast and still very influential.
Paper long abstract:
Johann Weichard Freiherr von Valvasor is a very prominent name in research on the Slovene ethnic space at the end of the 17th century. His travel descriptions of natural conditions, economics, history and habits collected in a series of books called Die Ehre deß Herzogthums Crain, are of greatest value to humanities and social sciences. His attitude towards the Ottomans has not yet been analysed, even though we can find many books and articles regarding him and trace some of his formulations in contemporary narratives. The author of this paper will evaluate Valvasor's linguistic, scientific and social position, and his construction of the Other in the Habsburg Europe of that time
Empires and differences