Khazaria in the Ninth and Tenth Centuries


In Khazaria in the Ninth and the Tenth Centuries Boris Zhivkov offers a new view on Khazaria by scrutinizing the different visions offered by recent scholarship. The paucity of written sources has made it necessary to turn to additional information about the steppe states in this period, and to analyze exceptional cases not directly related to the Khazars. In re-examining the Khazars, he thus uses not only the known documentary sources and archaeological finds but also what we know from history of religions (comparative mythology), history of art, structural anthropology and folklore studies. In this way the book draws together a synthesis of conclusions, information and theory.

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Boris Zhivkov, Ph.D. (2010), Department of History and Theory of Culture, Faculty of Philosophy of the “St. Clement Ohrid” University of Sofia.
Preface vii
Russian/Bulgarian/Ukrainian Transliteration xiv
Introduction 1
Maps 8
1 The Ideology of the Ninth and Tenth Centuries: The Difficult
Reconciliation of Steppe Traditions with Judaic Monotheism 17
2 The Pechenegs in Khazar History: The Late Ninth and Tenth
Centuries 127
3 Khazaria and International Trade in Eastern Europe in the Late
Ninth and Tenth Centuries 147
4 The Khazar Economy: Economic Integration or Disintegration? 171
5 The “Internal” Ethnic Communities in Khazaria 221
Conclusion 268
Bibliography 285
Index 317
All those interested in the history of Eastern Europe, the significance and influence of the ethnic groups of the steppes, and the related history of the Eurasian steppe from the time of the Scythians to the arrival of the Cumans in the 11th century.