Moravians (ethnic group)

Moravians (Ethnic Group)

Moravians (ethnic group)

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This article deals with the modern national/ethnic group. For other meanings see Moravian.


Moravians (Moravané or colloquially Moraváci in Czech) are the modern West Slavic inhabitants of the historical land of Moravia, the easternmost part of the Czech Republic, which includes the Moravian Slovakia. They speak the two main groups of Moravian dialects (the Central and the Eastern) of the Czech language, the transitional Bohemian-Moravian dialect subgroup of the Czech language and standard Czech.

Moravian nationality was declared for the first time in the population census of 1991. After the Velvet Revolution a strong political movement to reinstate the Moravian-Silesian land (země Moravskoslezská in Czech, having been one of the four lands of Czechoslovakia between 1928 and 1949) was active in Moravia. Accordingly, the so far united Czech nationality was split in line with the historical division of the Czech Republic into Bohemia, Moravia and Czech Silesia (the Czech lands). Part of the Czech speaking inhabitants of Moravia declared Moravian nationality and part of the Czech speaking inhabitants of Czech Silesia declared Silesian nationality.

1,363,000 citizens of the Czech Republic declared Moravian nationality in 1991. However, the number dropped to 380,474 in the 2001 census &ndash; many persons previously declaring themselves as Moravians declared themselves again as Czechs in this census.<gallery>File:Obyvatelstvo moravské.jpg|Ethnic composition of the...
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