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by Em. Dupuis
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I try in vain to comprehend their culture
The speaker is a Dane, studying the culture of Prussia and Austria, as reflected in Denmark's neighbor to the south,
Schlesweig-Holstein, as shown on the map. This is a reference to the 1863-64 resolution of a long standing cultural conflict in the region between those wanting unification with Germany and those in favor of Danish nationality.
In a 4 day war with Denmark, the overwhelming military superiority of Prussia and Austria
decided political matters, and a culturally Germanic Schleswig-Holstein was defined and separated from Denmark.
Denmark remained neutral during World War I, with both strong economic ties to Great Britain, and strong cultural ties to Prussia.