Dear Mr. Jagodzinski,
I read at Gary Gorsha's website your Guest Book posting on the subject of Veneti, and I decided to briefly respond. Your manner of writing surprises me, you perhaps don't realize it, but you write like as if you were a 19th century German historian. You are attacking Slovenes, a Slavic people, as if they did not have the right to Veneti research. You forget that there is a historical connection between Slovenes and the West Slavic Veneti. Slovenes have always been called by Germans either Vinedi or Windische. The names Veneti, Venedi, Vinidi, Wenden, Wendische, Windische, Vendek, mean the same people, they apply to the same West Slavic people at different times and in different geographic locations.
As you know, the dominant power for many centuries in central Europe has been Germany, and all areas of research were effectively monopolized by it, with the result that every department of study, be it history or archaeology or linguistics was subverted to serve Germany's expansionist and anti-Slavic ideas. Slavs were sub-human and they had no history, and they contributed nothing to European civilization, Germany was the only nation that contributed.
However, things are changing, and Slovenes now have the freedom to do their own research, which does not mean Germans will accept the findings of a small Slavic nation, just as they did not accept the findings of Polish scientists in the last century; however, there are some world-class researchers who are in agreement with the so-called Veneti theory as presented by Slovenes Savli, Bor, and Tomazic, in the book Veneti: First Builders of European Community.
The Italian historical linguist Mario Alinei from the University of Utrecht, Holland, who attended the international conference on Ancient Peoples of Europe in Slovenia, 2003, stated that Slavs were in central Europe since Stone Age, they did not come from Pripet Swamps in the 6th century A.D., as German historians would have us believe. He stated that Slovenes were in the Po River Valley since Stone Age. That is of course why we even now find Slovenian place-names and toponyms all over northern Italy, and the Alps. Lord Colin Renfrew of Cambridge University, read the book, and recomended it to others.
If you are interested in the above book, where you can find a great deal of information on the subject of Veneti from the Baltic to the Adriatic and beyond, I would be glad to send you a complimentary copy. All you need to do is send me your postal address. It is an attractive book, hard covers, 150 illustrations, index, 533 pages.
You ask about Matej Bor. He was a member of the Slovene Academy of Sciences and Arts. He was a Slavist, linguist, writer, poet, dramatist, and translator. He died in 1993.
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