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Day 3: Let’s talk about geography babe, let’s talk about Austria and Turkey

December 29, 2011

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Okay, so maybe Salt ‘N’ Pepa edged me out with their version of the song.  Whatever.

Today’s post doesn’t have to be too long.  I just want to give a quick overlook at Austria and Turkey, our two modern-day countries in examination.

To start, I’d like to clarify a few things about Austria.  For one, it is not Germany.  The people are not Germans.  They are Germanic, yes, but they are not German.  Today if you call an Austrian a German it’s a smidgen insulting.  Not because Germans are bad or anything!  But it’s a small country with not that many people and a rich heritage.  Pretend you go to the University of Alabama (or maybe you really d0).  Now let’s say someone comes up to you and says, “Oh, that’s Auburn, right?”.  As your blood begins to boil at the very thought, just calm down for a minute.  While both being in the same state, they are two very different schools.  While both being on the same continent, Austria and Germany are very different places.  Okay, that should clear that up!  Also one last word– Austrians speak German, so when you see smiley faces (ü) and shocked faces (ö) keep in mind they’re umlauts it’s part of the language.  When writing about Austria, I am going to try to use as many German words as possible in my thesis.

Anyway, now that you’ve calmed down over the Auburn / UA comparison, kindly look at this map I’ve filled in.

There are nine states in Austria (yeah Tirol is tricky because of Italy).  Each of the nine states has been labeled and the one in red is home to Austria’s capital as well as our battle.  Vienna, or Wien in German, was the seat of the Habsburg Dynasty.  Think of savory food, delicious baked goods, and people with deformed lower lips– also known as the Habsburg lip.  See, you’re making connections in your head already!  (No worries, folks, the people in Austria are extremely attractive.  There was once an issue with genetic deformities among those royally betrothed individuals but rest assured, nowadays Austrians are really, really good looking).

It’s too early in my research for me to know if the other states were vital in the conflict but some of our main players in yesterday’s blog are from parts of Austria (remember, it’s the Holy Roman Empire so a few people are from Poland, France, etc).  For instance the man with the really stuffy title, Count Ernst Rüdiger von Starhemberg, is from Niederösterreich, which is #2 on our map.  And now you know where that is!

Showing Turkey’s divisions on a map is a little tough.  For one, I don’t know their divisions, mostly because there are eighty-one provinces in the country.  That’s a lot, and I really can’t count past twenty or I get nervous.  So we’ll stick with the regions of Turkey as defined by the Turkish Statistical Institute.  Let’s have a looksie:

There are seven regions in modern-day Turkey.  Constantinople, now called Istanbul, was the home of Ottoman Empire.  It once belonged to the Byzantines but the Ottomans sacked the place and with it, away went Christianity.  What’s interesting to note is that it is the only city in the world that lies on two continents.  Notice the ring on the map.  That partition within the ring is traditionally considered the divide between Europe and Asia; its actual geographical partition being the Bosphorus River.  So Constantinople was located in what is today called the Marmara Region.  The Sea of Marmara is that body of water south of the ring and above it lies the Black Sea.  When you think of Constantinople think of being completely awestruck.  The architecture, the food, the smells in the city will leave you feeling fully satisfied with your five senses.  Istanbul has some of the most incredible food I’ve ever eaten.  I bring this up because Turkish food is one of the things I’ll be looking into in my thesis.  Croissants are speculatively from the East, not France as always thought.  It is believed that the croissant migrated into Austria and I’m curious to know if it was brought after the Battle of 1683.

When you think of Constantinople you could also think of Istan-bul not Con-stan-t’nople Istan-bul not Con-stan-t’nople

See, there’s a song no one can mess up.

One Comment leave one →
  1. Marion Hussong permalink
    December 29, 2011 21:38

    Yup, we’re really really good looking!
    ü ö

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