The Early Slavs: Culture and Society in Early Medieval Eastern Europe by Paul M. BarfordThe Early Slavs: Culture and Society in Early Medieval Eastern Europe by Paul M. Barford

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

byPaul M. Barford

Hardcover | October 25, 2001

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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 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.
Title:The Early Slavs: Culture and Society in Early Medieval Eastern EuropeFormat:HardcoverDimensions:432 pages, 6.75 × 9.5 × 0.61 inPublished:October 25, 2001Publisher:Cornell University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0801439779

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"Seasoned scholars will appreciate this remarkable study of the early history of the Slavs, but it is also well suited for use in the college classroom. . . . This volume was a pleasure to read, the maps and illustrations fascinating to peruse. Its publication should fill a certain gap felt by teachers of Slavic Studies."—Kevin Hannan, Zebrzydowice, Poland, Slavic and East European Journal 46:2