The monograph depicts the beginnings of the postal service in the area of the Military Frontier between Kupa and Mura rivers till 1606. Its main focus are contacts between the continental Croatia and Slovene part of Styria, as well as postal bases in the area of the later.
Matthäus Reiser was second member of his family to lead the city of Maribor. Born in the grand duchy of Baden in Southern Germany in 1830, he was brought to Lower Styria by his uncle Othmar Reiser, who served as mayor of Maribor as well, already as a boy. The younger Reiser married Ida Puchelt, a Protestant of Saxon origins, twenty-one years his junior. Serving at the city council ever since 1861, he was elected mayor at the relatively young age of 40, remaining in this position for next twelve years. His tenure can be described as a small Maribor counterpiece to the "Gründerzeit" in Vienna. Immediately after the death of the famous son of Maribor, Wilhelm Tegetthoff, an initiative to erect a monument in his honour was started. On the other hand, Reiser opposed the activities of Maribor Slovenes to erect a monument to Anton Martin Slomšek, bishop of Lavant. Reiser died in 1895.
Dr. Leskovar’s (1924–1928) term as mayor is the least researched of all the terms of interwar leaders of the City Municipality of Maribor. He rose to the top of the City Municipality of Maribor with a deliberate pre-election calculation of three political parties the platforms and political spectrums of which di?ered greatly. During his term, Maribor expanded extensively and made progress in the economic, urban, communal, cultural, and social ?elds. He forti?ed the status of Slovenia’s second largest city – it was the seat of the Great Mayor of the Great County of Maribor, numerous state o?ces and institutions, military and ecclesiastical authorities. Based on archival sources from the Regional archives Maribor and the analysis of relevant newspapers this study provides ?rst insight into the activity of city politics and the mayor during the considered period, and is set as an introductory paper to further in-depth research and comprehensive assessment of the political career of this extraordinarily intelligent politician who, after the end of the Second World War, fell into oblivion.
The paper focuses particularly on the families living in medieval Slovenj Gradec for shorter or longer periods. In terms of time and space, it covers mainly the 14th and 15th centuries. Dwellings of nobility were pretty rare before that. The so called »patriarchal house«, already standing in Slovenj Gradec, can be conditionally regarded as a building of nobility. At the end of the 1320s or at the beginning of the 1330s, the noble family of Muttls arrived to the city, in turn decisively in?uencing the history of the whole province, for their members served both as parish priests of the most important parishes of the valley and as administrators of lands. The Trapp family of Tyrolean descent, gaining a larger property in the city and its surroundings in the 1380s and dwelling in the city in the former tower of the Slovenj Gradec nobles, o?ers a di?erent picture. Around the same time, another important noble, greatly in?uencing the city history, moved to Slovenj Gradec from Upper Carniola, i. e. John (Janez) of Loka. He not only built the city hospital together with the hospital church, counting among, but also left (together with his son Bernard) a great amount of written documents, highlighting his activities. Although it would be an exaggeration to speak of a city patriciate, it can nevertheless be taken for granted that the nobility was an elite, decisively in?uencing events in the city during the discussed two centuries.
Branko Pistivšek, the Germany-based Slovenian emigrant from Styria who was an ardent devotee of the idea of an independent Slovenian state, Slovenian national identity, and God, and who condemned and criticised the pressure of German nationalism on Carinthian Slovenians, the immigration of Serbs and other peoples from the Balkans to the Slovenian ethnic territory, and especially the Yugoslav communist authorities, tried to pave his way to the very top of the Slovenian political emigration with the editing of Slovenski glas. He found inspiration for his political views in the Slovenian Roman Catholic priest Lambert Ehrlich and his followers, who had started before the Second World War the Straža Catholic students' club. Having been rejected by influential members of the Slovenian political emigration, Pistivšek found solace in writing and translating articles, papers, and even books on a plethora of different topics within the four walls of his home in Munich. It is assumed that the State Security Service began to monitor him in the period between 1981 and 1982, under the code name ˝Delovodja˝. They managed to contain his monthly, and even though he never attracted substantial attention, the existence of the identified reports and the monitoring conducted by several informers indicate that Branko Pistivšek had indeed triggered their interest. It is clear that the State Security Service had developed a surveillance and containment system which not only meticulously monitored Slovenian and other South Slavic political emigrants across the globe, but also prevented their ˝harmful˝ written content from penetrating into the Slovenian homeland.