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The other Europe in the Middle Ages; Avars, Bulgars, Khazars, and Cumans.


The other Europe in the Middle Ages; Avars, Bulgars, Khazars, and Cumans.

Ed. by Florin Curta.



492 pages



East Central and Eastern Europe in the Middle Ages, 450-1450; v.2


Perhaps it's the break up of the Soviet Union and the rebirth of long-forgotten states, but western historians have just realized that Eastern Europe also has a history. Curta (history and archaeology, University of Florida) has edited articles on the early medieval history of southeastern Europe, principally what is now Bulgaria. Some deal with archaeological finds in the area, coins and weapons, that say a great deal about both culture and trade. Others discuss the social and religious milieu, including the Khazars, a tribal kingdom that converted to Judaism in the ninth century. Relations with Byzantium and the Islamic states are also discussed. This is a solid work of scholarship that is much needed.

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