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Author Curta, Florin.

Title The making of the slavs : history and archaeology of the Lower Danube Region, ca. 500-700 / Florin Curta
Published Cambridge ; New York : Cambridge University Press, 2001
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Description 1 online resource (xxv, 463 pages) : illustrations, maps
Series Cambridge studies in medieval life and thought ; 4th ser., 52
Cambridge studies in medieval life and thought ; 4th ser., 52
Contents 1. Slavic ethnicity and the ethnie of the Slavs: concepts and approaches -- 2. Sources for the history of the early Slavs (c. 500-700) -- 3. The Slavs in early medieval sources (c. 500-700) -- 4. The Balkans and the Danube limes during the sixth and seventh centuries -- 5. Barbarians on the sixty-century Danube frontier: an archaeological survey -- 6. Elites and group identity north of the Danube frontier: the archaeological evidence -- 7. "Kings" and "democracy": power in early Slavic society -- Conclusion: the making of the Slavs
Summary This book offers a new 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 artifacts 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.--Publisher description
Analysis Humaniora Ark├Žologi
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 372-450) and index
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Subject Excavations (Archaeology) -- Lower Danube River Region
Slavs -- Ethnic identity.
Slavs -- History.
Slavs -- Balkan Peninsula -- History.
Slavs -- Lower Danube River Region -- History
Lower Danube River Region -- Antiquities, Slavic
Form Electronic book
LC no. 00052915
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