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.’
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.
Acknowledgments List of Illustrations
Concepts and Problems
Written and Archaeological Sources
The Last Century of Roman Power (ca. 500 to ca. 620)
East European Dark Ages: Slavs and Avars (500–800)
Migrations—Real and Imagined: Croats, Serbs, and Bulgars (600–800)
Early Medieval Bulgaria (680–850)
The West in the East (800–900)
Steppe Empires? The Khazars and the Volga Bulgars
Oghuz, Pechenegs, and Cumans: Nomads of Medieval Eastern Europe?
Conversion to Christianity: Moravia and Bulgaria
The Long 10th Century of Bulgaria
New Migrations: Magyars and Vikings
The Rise of Rus’
Byzantium in the Balkans (800–1100)
The Western Balkans in the High Middle Ages (900–1200)
New Powers (I): Piast Poland
New Powers (II): Arpadian Hungary
New Powers (III): Přemyslid Bohemia
Population: Size, Health, Migration
Rural and Urban Economy
The Construct of a Tyrant: Feudalism in Eastern Europe
The Church: Ecclesiastical Organization and Monasticism
The Faith: Religious Practices, Popular Religion, and Heresy
The First Five Crusades and Eastern Europe
Crusades in Eastern Europe
Literacy and Literature
The Rise of Serbia
The Second Bulgarian Empire
Catastrophe, Pax Mongolica, and Globalization Bibliography Index
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.