I found this and wanted to do SOMEthing with it, but the SOME has not presented itself. However, it's some good information on the same population on which we're focussing from roughly the same time (culturally speaking, at least; literal chronology is not relevant and a 100-year lag in progress would not be so surprising in light of the Long War) as a jumping-off point. One might hope the Wulfenbach programme of infrastructure development has been making some inroads on literacy levels, for instance.
On September 10th, 2009 11:18 pm (UTC), (Anonymous) commented:
I have to believe that Der Baron would support literacy. A literate, well informed populace is easier to govern than an ignorant illiterate populace. If you have to get the word out about something, be it possible war with rogue duchy or just a general health warning about rabies or tainted water, word of mouth is notoriously unreliable. As a former military man I used tohave tocheck the bulliten board inthe barracks every dayin case of roster change for duty or changesin the chain of command.
Klaus for Emporer!
On August 27th, 2010 12:54 am (UTC), (Anonymous) commented:
"...the proportion was 6 percent for the Romanians, 29 percent for Hungarians, and 60 percent for the German Saxons. The low level of literacy was largely attributable to social and economic backwardness."
I'd suggest, pace the author's socioeconomics, that the explanation may lie in the fact that Romanian is an infuriating amalgam of Slavic and Romance, and Hungarian is completely incomprehensible to the human brain. German looks easy by comparison.