Eastern Europe in the Middle Ages (500-1300) (2 vols)


Author: Florin Curta
This book provides a comprehensive synthesis of scholarship on Eastern Europe in the Middle Ages. The goal is to offer an overview of the current state of research and a basic route map for navigating an abundant historiography available in more than 10 different languages. The literature published in English on the medieval history of Eastern Europe—books, chapters, and articles—represents a little more than 11 percent of the historiography. The companion is therefore meant to provide an orientation into the existing literature that may not be available because of linguistic barriers and, in addition, an introductory bibliography in English.

Winner of the 2020 Verbruggen prize, awarded annually by the De Re Militari society for the best book on medieval military history. The awarding committee commented that the book ‘has an enormous range, and yet is exceptionally scholarly with a fine grasp of detail. Its title points to a general history of eastern Europe, but it is dominated by military episodes which make it of the highest value to anybody writing about war and warmaking in this very neglected area of Europe.’

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Florin Curta, Ph.D. in History (1998), Western Michigan University, is Professor of Medieval History and Archaeology at the University of Florida. He has published four monographs, forty chapters in collections of studies, and 100 articles. He is also the editor of six collections of studies.
"It is an impressive achievement [...] Readers with different goals and backgrounds will undoubtedly approach the individual chapters differently, but most will praise the bibliography in volume 2, which is a good guide to the literature of the field. Further, scholars frustrated by an inability to keep up with new publications will surely welcome these two volumes eagerly. Summing Up: Recommended''. W.L.Urban, in Choice , 57 (7), 2020.
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1 Concepts and Problems

2 Written and Archaeological Sources

3 The Last Century of Roman Power (ca. 500 to ca. 620)

4 East European Dark Ages: Slavs and Avars (500–800)

5 Migrations—Real and Imagined: Croats, Serbs, and Bulgars (600–800)

6 Early Medieval Bulgaria (680–850)

7 The West in the East (800–900)

8 Great Moravia

9 Steppe Empires? The Khazars and the Volga Bulgars

10 Oghuz, Pechenegs, and Cumans: Nomads of Medieval Eastern Europe?

11 Conversion to Christianity: Moravia and Bulgaria

12 The Long 10th Century of Bulgaria

13 New Migrations: Magyars and Vikings

14 The Rise of Rus’

15 Byzantium in the Balkans (800–1100)

16 The Western Balkans in the High Middle Ages (900–1200)

17 New Powers (I): Piast Poland

18 New Powers (II): Arpadian Hungary

19 New Powers (III): Přemyslid Bohemia

20 Population: Size, Health, Migration

21 Rural and Urban Economy

22 Social Organization

23 The Construct of a Tyrant: Feudalism in Eastern Europe

24 The Church: Ecclesiastical Organization and Monasticism

25 The Faith: Religious Practices, Popular Religion, and Heresy

26 The First Five Crusades and Eastern Europe

27 Crusades in Eastern Europe

28 Literacy and Literature

29 Monumental Art

30 The Rise of Serbia

31 The Second Bulgarian Empire

32 Catastrophe, Pax Mongolica, and Globalization
This book will appeal to both historians and archaeologists, as well as to all those who have even a marginal interest in Eastern Europe—scholars, as well as graduate students.