The Making of the Slavs
History and Archaeology of the Lower Danube Region, c. 500-700
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Making of the Slavs by Florin Curta
Book DescriptionThis book offers an alternative approach to the problem of Slavic ethnicity in south-eastern Europe between c. 500 and c. 700, from the perspective of current anthropological theories. The conceptual emphasis here is on the relation between material culture and ethnicity. The author demonstrates that the history of the Sclavenes and the Antes begins only at around 500 AD. He also points to the significance of the archaeological evidence, which suggests that specific artefacts may have been used as identity markers. This evidence also indicates the role of local leaders in building group boundaries and in leading successful raids across the Danube. Because of these military and political developments, Byzantine authors began employing names such as Sclavines and Antes in order to make sense of the process of group identification that was taking place north of the Danube frontier. Slavic ethnicity is therefore shown to be a Byzantine invention.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780521802024
(228mm x 152mm x 32mm)
Imprint: Cambridge University Press
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publish Date: 12-Jul-2001
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
Books By Author Florin Curta
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Offers a treatment of the economic and social history of Greece during the early Middle Ages. From the collapse of the urban economy in the early 7th century to the beginning of prosperity in the 11th century, this book examines the crucial transformations taking place in Greece during the 'Dark Ages' and the Middle Byzantine period.
Making of the Slavs, Paperback (April 2007)
An alternative approach to Slavic ethnicity in south-eastern Europe c. 500-c. 700.
Southeastern Europe in the Middle Ages, 500-1250, Paperback (August 2006)» View all books by Florin Curta
This book is an authoritative survey of the history of southeastern Europe from 500 to 1250.
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