Growth of the German population in Austria-Hungary

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Growth of the German population in Austria-Hungary

Post by Leutnant » 20 Jan 2005 20:39

During the second half of the 19. Century
the Austro-Hungarian population went from 30 million in 1850 to 50 million in 1910.

Germany, along with Russia had the fastest growing population at that time,
did the German population in Austria grow just as fast?

I know that Germans made out 24% of the pop. in Austria-Hungary in 1910,
was that figure an increase or a decrease from 1850?

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Post by maxxx » 21 Jan 2005 21:57

It is hard to tell...

Austria in 1850 consisted of different territories than in 1910. For example: Lombardy & Venice were lost (= higher german percentage), Bosnia annexed (=lower german population) . People coming from different parts of AH settled in Vienna, becoming "germans" over two or three generations.

National Germans in Reichsrat and Vienna City Council at the time of schönerer & lueger always painted it the other way around: That Germans were "outnumbered by slawic birth rate"

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Post by Leutnant » 26 Jan 2005 18:21

Off-topic:
Was the trend so that the rural population started to move to Vienna, Prag etc. rather than local cities?

For example some farmer-boy from Eastern Galicia would be more likely to move to Vienna rather than Lemberg?

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Post by Kranjski_Janez » 27 Jan 2005 11:32

Leutnant wrote:Off-topic:
Was the trend so that the rural population started to move to Vienna, Prag etc. rather than local cities?

For example some farmer-boy from Eastern Galicia would be more likely to move to Vienna rather than Lemberg?

Maybe I can comment this on our local example. :wink:

In Carniola or Lower Styria there were no universities in the times of A-H (we got the first in 1919). If any "farmer-boy" wanted to study, he had to go either to Gradec/Graz or to the capital, Vienna.
So we had a big student diaspora in Vienna and after the study some people returned to the provincial capital Ljubljana/Laibach, but some stayed in Vienna or if they got a state job, they were sent to the totally different part of the empire they originated from (like for example the story of Josef Ressel, the inventor of propeller).

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