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Was it Bismarck who said: "He who is master of Bohemia is master of Europe"?

This quote is reported as frequently quoted but unverified in Respectfully Quoted: A Dictionary of Quotations (1989), which states: "It cannot be found in the official writings and pronouncements ...
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Was it Bismarck who said: "He who is master of Bohemia is master of Europe"?

I was too slow to compose this answer before the question was edited, but hope it's useful anyway. This addresses why Bismarck may have said this quote. It's difficult to know Bismarck's intention ...
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How likely would it have been for a rural Bohemian to encounter someone with darker skin?

Historians appear to be correct that there is no conclusive evidence of this minority group settling in Bohemia. That being said, it is possible that a Bohemian would have met a sub-Saharan native. ...
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Long time to reach news in Thirty Years' War

The 1618 Prague defenestration took place on May 23th, 1618 and Oñate's news about it arrived to Madrid in July 1618. This is compatible with the duration of the communication to be 5-7 weeks which is ...
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How likely would it have been for a rural Bohemian to encounter someone with darker skin?

I would like to answer this question, but not fully, because i have already answer this question refer to the answer in uestion: What was the prevalence of ethnic minorities in 15th century Bohemia? ...
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Why is the flag of Prague yellow and red?

I would like to try answer this question. According to this article which is unfrotunately only in Czech: From the main colors of the emblem, the colors of the Prague battalion were derived in the ...
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What was the prevalence of ethnic minorities in 15th century Bohemia?

I will try to answer this question. The first mention from Arab merchant Ibráhím ibn Jákúb who notes: Prague is made of stone and lime and one of the biggest cities to trade (965-966,https://cs....
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Was it Bismarck who said: "He who is master of Bohemia is master of Europe"?

It's a popular quote often repeated by Czech politicians and intellectuals – for example, Czech president Havel loved to frame the Czech lands in this way. However, many historians have tried very ...
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Why is the flag of Prague yellow and red?

It seems somewhat coincidental. According to this page about Prague flags: Historic City of Prague Flags In 1784, the Austrian Emperor Josef II by Imperial decree incorporated the four ...
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