Same Name, Other Side of the Border (Part IV: Southern and Eastern Europe)

Tyrol (Austria/Italy) How the German-speaking province of South Tyrol (German/Ladin Südtirol; Italian Alto Adige or Sudtirolo) came to be part of Italy rather than part of Austria like the rest of Tyrol is a consequence of the result of World War I.  Between 1140 and 1919, the land that comprises the modern Austrian state of…

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Another Albania

There are many people who get confused between Georgia, the Caucasian republic, and Georgia, the US state (sometimes embarrassingly so).  The names, of course, have nothing to do with one another: the English name for the country of Georgia comes from the Syriac gurz-ān and dates back nearly a millennium, while the state was named…

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