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The early Slavs : culture and society in early medieval Eastern Europe

Author: P M Barford
Publisher: London : British Museum Press, 2001.
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"During the early medieval period the Slavs expanded from their original homeland to colonize vast areas and to found most of the modern nations in Eastern Europe. With first-hand knowledge of the archaeology and other sources, the author creates a vivid picture of daily life in early medieval Eastern Europe from the early fifth to the end of the tenth century AD, a period of profound transformation. The final  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: P M Barford
ISBN: 071412804X 9780714128047 9780801439773 0801439779
OCLC Number: 46513665
Description: xvi, 416 pages : illustrations, maps ; 25 cm
Contents: Introduction --
The formation of a Slav identity --
Expansion and assimilation : the sixth century --
Consolidation and social change : the seventh century --
Decisive decades : the eighth and ninth centuries --
Daily life --
The order of things : social structure --
Warfare --
Production, consumption and exchange --
Pagan ideologies --
Towards a Christian Europe --
State formation : the South and East Slavs --
State formation : the West Slavs --
The early Slavs and the modern world.
Responsibility: P.M. Barford.
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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  Read more...

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List of Maps I-XII … vi Preface … vii Chronological Summary … xvi Introduction … 1 — The sources … 3 — The geographical background … 20 1. The Formation of a Slav Identity … 27 — Who were the Early Slavs … 27 — The crystallization of a Slav identity … 35 2. Expansion and Assimilation: the Sixth Century … 45 — Phase I: c. 500-550 … 47 — Phase II: c. 550-600 … 55 3. Consolidation and Social Change: the Seventh Century … 67 — The reflux … 80 — An end to austerity … 82 4. Decisive Decades: the Eighth and Ninth centuries … 89 — The South Slavs and Byzantium … 91 — The East Slavs … 96 — The West Slavs … 104 5. Daily Life … 113 — The people … 113 — Dress and hygiene … 115 — The family home … 119 6. The Order of Things: Social Structure … 124 — Big men and chiefs … 125 — Settlement patterns and social organization … 129 — The role of the strongholds … 131 — States and nations … 133 7. Warfare … 139 — Inter-group skirmishes … 140 — Organized force … 142 — Military role of strongholds … 144 — Imposition of will … 147 — Prisoners of war … 148 8. Production, Consumption and Exchange … 150 — Agricultural production … 153 — Craft products … 159 — The slave trade … 166 — Trading places and production centres … 167 — Trade routes … 171 — The merchants … 172 — Media of exchange … 174 — The origin of towns … 183 9. Pagan Ideologies … 188 — Demons and the spirit world … 189 — The gods … 193 — Burial rites … 199 — Concepts of time … 208 10. Towards a Christian Europe … 210 — Missionaries and bishops … 213 — From pagan leaders to Christian princes … 218 — Christianity and the people … 223 11. State-formation: the South and East Slavs … 227 — The Bulgar khanate and its neighbours … 227 — The Kievan state and its neighbours … 232 12. State-formation: the West Slavs … 250 — The Bohemian (Czech) state … 251 — Polabia and Pomerania … 257 — Poland … 261 13. The Early Slavs and the Modern World … 268 Notes … 286 Select Bibliography … 320 Figures and Maps … 325 Index … 406

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