This volume deals with one of the most controversial issues in writings about early medieval history: the presence of Scandinavians, known as Rus, and their impact on Eastern Europe during the Viking Age. These studies give for the first time an extensive and detailed picture of the Norse population in the East by using, besides written narratives, a wide range of archaeological sources. The seven chapters survey the background, then depict the first Norse centres and sites of Norse colonists in the north-western Russia; further chapters contain information about the great number of settlements in the Volga region and, finally describe the activities of a group of Rus that resulted in creation of the principality of Kiev. With the help of numerous illustrations the contents of the book clarify many problems and support the conclusion that in the East real Norse societies existed that were an important and natural part of the Scandinavian värld.
Wladyslaw Duczko, Ph.D. (1986) in Archaeology, University of Uppsala, where he is an Associate Professor. He has published extensively on Scandinavian Viking-age art, history of culture and religion, and the connections between the North and Central Eastern Europe.
Table of contents
Ch. 1 The Rus and Scandinavia : the case of the Rhos in Ingelheim A.D. 839 10 Ch. 2 People, places and things in the first "land of Rus" in the East 60 Ch. 3 The Rus and their culture 115 Ch. 4 The upper Dnieper 155 Ch. 5 The Volga-Oka region 189 Ch. 6 Towards the Rus state 202
All those interested in early history of Scandinavia and Eastern Europe, archaeologists, art historians, historians of religion and economy, political scientists.