East Central Europe in the Middle Ages, 1000-1500

Paperback | August 13, 2015

byJean W. Sedlar

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Although the Middle Ages saw brilliant achievements in the diverse nations of East Central Europe, this period has been almost totally neglected in Western historical scholarship. East Central Europe in the Middle Ages provides a much-needed overview of the history of the region from the time when the present nationalities established their state structures and adopted Christianity up to the Ottoman conquest. Jean Sedlar’s excellent synthesis clarifies what was going on in Europe between the Elbe and the Ukraine during the Middle Ages, making available for the first time in a single volume information necessary to a fuller understanding of the early history of present-day Poland, the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Hungary, Romania, Bulgaria, Albania, and the former Yugoslavia.

Sedlar writes clearly and fluently, drawing upon publications in numerous languages to craft a masterful study that is accessible and valuable to the general reader and the expert alike. The book is organized thematically; within this framework Sedlar has sought to integrate nationalities and to draw comparisons. Topics covered include early migrations, state formation, monarchies, classes (nobles, landholders, peasants, herders, serfs, and slaves), towns, religion, war, governments, laws and justice, commerce and money, foreign affairs, ethnicity and nationalism, languages and literature, and education and literacy.

After the Middle Ages these nations were subsumed by the Ottoman, Habsburg, Russian, and Prussian-German empires. This loss of independence means that their history prior to foreign conquest has acquired exceptional importance in today’s national consciousness, and the medieval period remains a major point of reference and a source of national pride and ethnic identity. This book is a substantial and timely contribution to our knowledge of the history of East Central Europe.

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Although the Middle Ages saw brilliant achievements in the diverse nations of East Central Europe, this period has been almost totally neglected in Western historical scholarship. East Central Europe in the Middle Ages provides a much-needed overview of the history of the region from the time when the present nationalities established ...

Format:PaperbackDimensions:569 pages, 9 × 6 × 0.68 inPublished:August 13, 2015Publisher:University Of Washington PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0295972912

ISBN - 13:9780295972916

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MapsForewordPrefaceNote on Pronunciation1) Early Migrations2) State Formation3) Monarchies4) Nobles and Landholders5) Peasants, Herders, Serfs, and Slaves6) Towns and Townspeople7) Religion and the Churches8) The Art and Practice of War9) Governments10) Laws and Justice11) Commerce and Money12) Foreign Affairs13) Ethnicity and Nationalism14) Languages and Literatures15) Education and LiteracyAppendix 1, ChronologyAppendix 2, List of MonarchsAppendix 3, Place Name Equivalents for Towns and CitiesBibliographical EssayIndex