The Early Slavs: Culture and Society in Early Medieval Eastern Europe

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Cornell University Press, 2001 - 416 pàgines
More than 270 million people in Europe speak one of the many Slavic languages and dialects, but the origins and development of Slavic culture are still among the most difficult problems facing archaeologists. P.M. Barford's book is a remarkably comprehensive and accessible synthesis of the most recent archaeological discoveries, linguistic research, and literary-historical evidence about the origins of the Slavs. Much of this evidence, gleaned in the wake of recent political changes in Eastern Europe, has been unavailable in English.During the early medieval period, the Slavs expanded from their original homeland in the Ukraine to colonize vast areas and to found most of the modern nations in Eastern Europe. With first-hand knowledge of the archaeology and other research, P. M. Barford vividly portrays daily life in Eastern Europe from the early fifth to the end of the tenth century A.D., a period of profound transformation. Barford's rich and accessible survey provides the latest thinking on issues central to ongoing and sometimes fierce debates about the origins of various Slavic nations. For example: Was the first Russian state Slavic or Scandinavian? Was the first Bulgarian Empire Turkic or Slavic? Newly compiled maps and a generous number of illustrations chart the main cultural changes that took place over six centuries in the Slavic regions of Europe.
 

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Barford deals with the difficult subject of early Slav history in a thoughtful and non-political way. In the absence of Slavonic written history (writing only came with Christianity in the 9th and ... Llegeix la ressenya completa

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The Formation of a Slav Identity
27
the Sixth Century
45
the Seventh Century
67
the Eighth and Ninth centuries
89
Daily Life
113
Social Structure I 24
124
Warfare
139
Production Consumption and Exchange
150
Towards a Christian Europe
210
the South and East Slavs
227
the West Slavs
250
The Early Slavs and the Modern World
268
Notes
286
Select Bibliography
320
Figures and Maps
325
Index
406

Pagan Ideologies
188

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Sobre l'autor (2001)

Paul Barford is Inspector of Ancient Monuments in the office of the Chief Archaeologist in the Polish Ministry of Culture and Art.

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