This book is about Steppe Eurasia and China, Persia, Byzantium, as well as the 'Inside' and 'Outside' Other. This dual approach helps the reader to better understand the attitudes of the Steppe to both the southern sedentary empires (in this book, the 'Outside' Other) and to the women and shamans/magicians within the nomadic confederations (in this book, the 'Inside' Other), in the so-called 'Golden Age' of the Steppe Empire, e.g. between the sixth and ninth/tenth centuries.The result is a new and vivid picture of the Steppe's attitudes to 'otherness' and 'usness'. The book covers not only a long period of time, but also a vast territory, from Mongolia to the Black Sea and South-Eastern Europe. It studies many peoples and societies and their images of the 'Other', interpreted through different approaches and methodologies.
The Bulgars and the Steppe Empire in the Early Middle Ages
Ivan Biliarsky, Bulgarian Academy of Sciences
The book contains an edition of the original text of “Tale of the Prophet Isaiah” and commentary on the quite unclear narrative concerning its origins, development and an interpretation of its meaning with strong focus on its biblical roots.
Alexandru Madgearu, Institute for Political Studies of Defence and Military History, Bucharest
In this book Alexandru Madgearu offers the first comprehensive history of the military organization of a peripheral area of the Byzantine Empire, the Danube region.
Paul Milliman, University of Arizona
The Slippery Memory of Men analyzes how during the early fourteenth century a discourse of eternal enmity was created between the Teutonic Knights and the rulers of Poland as these former allies contended over the disputed region of Pomerania.
By Virgil Ciocîltan. Translated by Samuel Willcocks
The inclusion of the Black Sea basin into the long-distance trade network – with its two axes of the Silk Road through the Golden Horde (Urgench-Sarai-Tana/Caffa) and the Spice Road through the Ilkhanate (Ormuz-Tabriz-Trebizond) – was the two Mongol states’ most important contribution to making ...
In Anatomy of a Duchy David Kalhous analyses military, social and "ideological" factors which may have led to the stabilisation of the Přemyslid regnum in 10th and 11 th century.
Thi study presents a systematic analysis of the huge, and in most cases, completely new archaeological evidence for amber from Lithuania and the surrounding regions. A comprehensive synthesis of archaeological evidence and written sources provides an opportunity to develop new viewpoints about ...
The book on the Medieval transformation that impacted the Czech lands in the 13th century, focussed on the onset of landed nobility, the transformation of the rural milieu, and the early urban history. The explanation is anchored in a broad European context.
Drawing on written and material sources, the book offers a comprehensive analysis of Byzantium's relations with Bulgaria during the late eighth and early ninth centuries, one of the most crucial and formative periods in the history of both medieval states.
Presenting the image of Poland created in Germany in the earliest period of existence of the Piast state (963-1034) this book identifies its context and describes the political and cultural relation between the Polish rulers and German élites of that time.
The book presents an investigation into the legal language of mediaeval Bulgaria, seen in its own cultural context: the Byzantine Commonwealth. Law and Language are cultural phenomena and their interdependence is closely linked to their civilisation in which they are embedded.
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