DR. KAREL FRANZL, EDITOR OF "THE CZECHOSLOVAK COMPASS," PRAGUE
The development of industry is everywhere closely associated with political, historical and social conditions, as well as with the natural conditions of the country.
In Czechoslovakia the historical and political conditions favored the progress of the German industry. German immigrants had been coming to Czechoslovakia since time immemorial, at first mainly from the vicinity of the lower Rhine. These German immigrants, together with the German nobility and the industrial policies of the government in the seventeenth and particularly in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, were mainly responsible for the advanced position of the German industry in Czechoslovakia as compared with the Czech and the Slovak industry.
The Czech nation, deprived not only of its political independence, but likewise of the most intelligent and the most enterprising and active industrial classes by the terrible consequences of the battle of the White Mountain ( 1620), and by the subsequent religious