By Florin Curta

This e-book bargains a brand new method of the matter of Slavic ethnicity in southeastern Europe among c. 500 and c. seven-hundred. the writer exhibits how Byzantine authors "invented" the Slavs, that allows you to make experience of political and army advancements happening within the Balkans. Making broad use of archaeology to teach that such advancements led to the increase of strong leaders, chargeable for developing workforce identities and mobilizing warriors for profitable raids around the frontier. the writer rejects the assumption of Slavic migration, and exhibits that "the Slavs" have been the made from the frontier.

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For an earlier suggestion that ethnic identity may be the result of a learning process, see also Horowitz :. Pierre Bourdieu, cited by Bentley :.  The making of the Slavs identity is therefore as important as the boundary around it. An important issue, resulting from this approach, is that of the reproduction of identity on the level of interaction. The praxis of ethnicity results in multiple transient realizations of ethnic difference in particular contexts. These realizations of ethnicity are both structured and structuring, involving, in many instances, the repeated production and consumption of distinctive styles of material culture.

Herder first described the Slavs as victims of German warriors since the times of Charlemagne. He prophesied that the wheel of history would inexorably turn and some day, the industrious, peaceful, and happy Slavs would awaken from their submission and torpor to reinvigorate the great area from the Adriatic to the Carpathians and from the Don to the Moldau rivers (Herder b:–). For Herder’s view of the Slavs, see Wolff :–; Meyer :.  Concepts and approaches Sˇafárˇik (– ) derived from Herder the inspiration and orientation that would influence subsequent generations of scholars.

Above all, this book aims to answer some of these questions. What binds together its many individual arguments is an attempt to explore the nature and construction of the Slavic ethnic identity in the light of the current anthropological research on ethnicity. Two kinds of sources are considered for this approach: written and archaeological. This book is in fact a combined product of archaeological experience, mostly gained during field work in Romania, Moldova, Hungary, and Germany, and work with written sources, particularly with those in Greek.

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