Concept

Mitteleuropa

Summary
Mitteleuropa (ˈmɪtl̩ʔɔʏˌroːpa), meaning Middle Europe, is one of the German terms for Central Europe. The term has acquired diverse cultural, political and historical connotations. The Prussian vision of Mitteleuropa was a pan-Germanist state-centric imperium, an idea that was later adopted in a modified form by Nazi geopoliticians. Basis The German term "Mitteleuropa" is not used or understood in the same way in all areas of Europe. The term has also been used differently over time. In Austria, Hungary, Slovenia, Croatia and northern Italy, especially in Friuli and Trieste, the common definition is somewhat different from that in Germany: Mitteleuropa is equated with the successor states of the former Austro-Hungarian monarchy. Regions such as the Baltic States and the North German-Polish plains are perceived as "Northern European", other parts of Germany as "Western European". The Central European Order of St. George has its centers mainly in the area of the former Aust
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